Let's hope Adrian Peterson has a savings account! He's just lost $4 million dollars in salary for the balance of the 2014 season. Is this the start of a new NFL and harsher punishment for players who abuse others?
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the 29-year-old Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson without pay on Tuesday. He said that the 2012 NFL MVP has “shown no meaningful remorse” for hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
“When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother.” Goodell addressed Peterson in a letter released by the league. “You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”
Peterson pleaded no contest on November 4th to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas.
“It is imperative that you to avoid any incident of this kind in the future,” Goodell wrote. “Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in additional discipline and may subject you to banishment from the NFL.”
Peterson will be considered for reinstatement on April 15 under the personal conduct policy.
Not everyone is cheering the decision. On Twitter folks are reacting:
They need to let Adrian Peterson discipline his kid and let him play football again. This is stupid.— reckless ass mango (@mango2point0) November 18, 2014
Adrian Peterson got the same amount of time for hitting his kid too hard as Donte Stallworth got for driving drunk and killing another human— ??? ?????? (@AbeBroman) November 18, 2014
Earlier in the year, Reggie Bush defended Peterson, saying he would "harshly discipline" his own 1-year-old daughter.