Adrian Peterson did not appear at a scheduled disciplinary hearing with the NFL on Friday, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter, the well-connected NFL Insider for ESPN, posted on Facebook the latest in the Peterson saga.
According to Schefter, a league official told him that Peterson and the NFL Players Association elected not to participate in the meeting, which would have been a first step to set a discipline for the Vikings running back. Peterson will miss his 10th game of the season on Sunday as he is still on the commissioner’s exempt list after being charged with a felony for disciplining one of his children. Peterson pleaded no contest to a reckless assault misdemeanor in the case last week.
The NFLPA and the NFL will have a conference call Monday so that arbitrator Shyam Das can hear arguments in the union’s grievance that Peterson should be removed from the exempt list per an agreement when he went on the list.
Peterson has been paid while he sits out.
Here is the Facebook posting from Schefter:
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson declined to appear Friday at a scheduled disciplinary hearing with NFL despite agreeing to meeting earlier last week, per an NFL official.
The NFL also charged that Peterson would not give the NFL an alternative date for the disciplinary hearing in connection to his violation of law in an incident of family violence.
This is a different, more significant hearing than the conference call set for 2 p.m. Monday, about when Peterson’s grievance relating to remaining on the commissioner’s exempt list will be heard. The Friday meeting was the one that would have been for a disciplinary decision on Peterson’s past and future.
The Friday meeting initially was scheduled last Tuesday, but the NFLPA told the league on Thursday that it was unavailable that day, per league official.
“We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate,” said a league official. “We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.
“We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us.”
NFLPA spoksperson George Atallah said Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin provided the NFL with a letter saying it is against Texas state law to give the NFL the requested documents. The NFLPA also said it made Peterson’s clinician available to the NFL.
“The League office seems more focused on creating an arbitrary disciplinary process for Adrian instead of honoring a signed agreement to remove him from the Commissioner’s list,” Atallah emailed Saturday. “They are simply making stuff up as they go along. They should commit their efforts to meeting us at the table to collectively bargain a new personal conduct policy.”