I’m sure when Adrian Peterson saw Ray Rice win his appeal a couple weeks ago he had a glimmer of hope that he too would have his suspension removed. Welp. Peterson’s appeal at his full season suspension was denied by an arbitrator today. Peterson was suspended the remainder of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy in the wake of his child abuse case in Texas dealing with his son.
The All-Pro running back hasn’t touched the field since Week 1 and the next time we can possibly see Peterson in pads again will be in Week 1–of the 2015 season. Many believed Peterson would win his appeal just off the incompetence of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Well this time Goodell will have the last laugh as this suspension will stand.
The big question that remains is what team will Peterson be suiting up for when he does return and who will be the commissioner he pleads his case for reinstatement to in 2015? Depending how the Ray Rice investigation plays out Goodell might not even be in office come next April, when Peterson’s first opportunity to be reinstated will be. Also the Minnesota Vikings might not want the hoopla of bringing Peterson back. Cowboys anyone? We’ll find out that answer next year, until then enjoy the extra free time AP.