A day after Judge David Doty overturned Adrian Peterson’s suspension and sent the matter back to the NFL — which quickly appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — Peterson issued this statement:
“As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day. I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports.”
Notable is Peterson’s non-mention of the Vikings, with whom he is under contract through 2017.
On Thursday night, Dogra issued a statement to the Associated Press that read: “I am pleased that U.S. District Judge David Doty recognized the merits of Adrian Peterson’s case and ruled in his favor. This is an important moment for Adrian, players’ rights, and the NFLPA. Adrian is an exceptional community member, father, husband and athlete who will continue to contribute meaningfully on and off the field. Any NFL team will be fortunate to have Adrian on its roster as he will consistently serve as a strong leader and impactful performer.”
That last sentence is pretty cryptic as well.