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Adrian Peterson

Status:
Suspended
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
217 lbs
Age:
29
Born:
Mar 21, 1985
Birth Place:
Palestine,
Experience:
8 years
College:
Oklahoma
Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2013 Regular Season
21 75 3.6 17 0

Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else. Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas.

The NFL players' union has appealed the league's suspension of Peterson.

In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case.

The NFL has suspended Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season.

The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal the punishment. Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son he was disciplining. He had been on paid leave from the team since Sept. 17.

Peterson will meet with the NFL on Monday about possible reinstatement with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has been on the commissioner's exempt list since Sept. 18 following his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. The running back pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills his probation terms.

Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.

Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

The hearing on whether to remove the judge in the felony child abuse case against Peterson has been pushed back.

Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Peterson attorney Rusty Hardin, said Tuesday the recusal hearing for Montgomery County District Judge Kelly Case has been rescheduled for Oct. 22. Retired Tarrant County District Judge Jeff Walker will preside. Peterson is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. A not guilty plea is expected.

A spokeswoman for Peterson's attorney says the NFL player plans to plead not guilty to a child abuse charge during his first court appearance in Texas since his indictment last month. Peterson was scheduled to be in court Wednesday in Conroe, located north of Houston.

Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Tuesday that if asked at the hearing, Peterson will plead not guilty to a charge of injury to a child. Peterson says he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy. It also would block any unauthorized or unsupervised contact.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He's said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him. The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son. Hennepin County authorities have also asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved.

Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse and says he is "sorry about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson issued his statement on Monday a few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated him to the team. Peterson was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.

The Minnesota Vikings have placed Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.

The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. And several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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