ABC’s “Good Morning America” exclusively obtained a phone recording from November between suspended NFL star running back Adrian Peterson and league executive Troy Vincent that appears to show Vincent promising Peterson a two-game suspension.
“Two games,” Peterson asked Vincent on the November 12th phone call about the amount of games he’d be suspended by the NFL for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch.
“Yeah, that is…you just gotta got through the process,” Vincent responds, seeming to guarantee Peterson a two-game suspension if he met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a few days later.
Peterson declined to do so, with his lawyers arguing he was not required to do so under league rules. Six days after the call with Vincent—and Peterson not meeting with the NFL—he was indefinitely suspended by the league.
On Friday, Peterson lost his appeal hearing, keeping him suspended form the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. The NFL Players Association plans on filing a lawsuit against the NFL Monday on behalf of Peterson, claiming the NFL has not handled Peterson’s suspension properly.
“The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer’s relationship and financial ties to the NFL,” the union said in a statement following Peterson losing his appeal. “The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL’s repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies.”
Peterson played just one game this season before being placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which is essentially a suspension. He was then indefinitely suspended on November 18th. All this came after he was indicted on child abuse charges in September for striking his son.