The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that they’ve filed a motion to hold NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt of court in the Adrian Peterson matter.
Here’s Eric Winston’s release regarding the matter:
Today, the players filed a motion in Federal Court in the Adrian Peterson matter because the Commissioner and NFL have deliberately ignored both the Court’s decision from eleven weeks ago and our repeated requests to comply with that order.
On February 26th, the NFL was ordered to change their decision in the Peterson matter and reissue a ruling consistent with our collective bargaining agreement. The Union made multiple requests to the League office asking the arbitrator, who serves at the direction of the Commissioner, to comply with the law and avoid further litigation. Despite our attempts, they have done nothing and leave us no choice but to seek this motion.
The delay tactics, inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of the League has continued to hurt the rights of players, the credibility of the League office and the integrity of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the absence of any action by the NFL’s governing board of owners, the players have acted to hold the NFL accountable to our players, the CBA and to the law.
Albert Breer mentions that this move is essentially designed to get the NFL to rule on Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later and in turn set a precedent for Greg Hardy.
While Peterson has been reinstated by the NFL, Breer mentions that the NFL has yet to rule on his case, which has been sent back to arbitrator Harold Henderson by the court system.