The NFLPA has announced that they are filing an expedited grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from commissioner’s exempt list.
The NFLPA has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014. We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL.
Surely this doesn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as reports would have leaked out earlier in the day of Peterson being reinstated from the Commissioner-Exempt list.
Florio mentions that the next step for Peterson and his legal team would be for them to file a non-injury grievance in the hope of getting him reinstatement.
According to Florio, if they filed a grievance soon, there is a chance that a hearing could be held and resolved in time to allow Peterson to suit up for Week 11’s game against the Bears.
Peterson is still likely to face some form of punishment from the league under their new personal conduct policy, but t appears as though he has a case to made that the league agreed to reinstate him after his legal case had concluded.
Instead, the NFL has been dragging their feet regarding this situation and the Vikings aren’t saying much about their plans to get him back in their locker room.
Minnesota released a statement on Monday regarding Peterson and his reinstatement:
In regards to Adrian Peterson’s status with the Minnesota Vikings, at this time his potential reinstatement is under NFL guidelines. As an organization, we respect and understand the league’s process. In the interim, our focus is on the team and preparing for this weekend’s game against the Bears.
Head coach Mike Zimmer did tell reporters that they would welcome Peterson back, but he too reiterated this decision remains in the hands of the NFL.
“When those decisions are made [by the NFL], we can make decisions,” Zimmer said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Until then, really our hands are tied. There’s nothing we can do about it other than what I’ve said all along. We love the kid. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. And we support him. We want him to get through this for him, for him. Then we’ll worry about all the other things we have to deal with at the time.”
We’ll have more updates regarding Peterson and his reinstatement as the news is available.