The latest attempt by star running back Adrian Peterson to get back on the field will come in a federal courtroom.Attorneys for the NFL Players Association were scheduled to argue Friday for Peterson’s reinstatement from a suspension levied by the league under its controversial personal conduct policy. The punishment, stemming from the child abuse case involving Peterson and one of his young sons, has widened the divide between the NFL and the NFLPA over player discipline.The effort on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings standout, who is suspended through at least April 15, is the legal equivalent of fourth-and-really-long.When Peterson’s appeal was denied Dec. 12 by an arbitrator appointed by the league, the union sued. Its petition to overturn the decision contends that the suspension, guided by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s enhanced punishments for players involved with domestic violence after the Ray Rice case, strayed from the collective bargaining agreement. It also says the decision is unfair and that arbitrator Harold Henderson was biased and exceeded his authority.”Courts are not impotent bystanders to miscarriages of arbitral justice,” the NFLPA’s lawyers wrote last week in reply to the NFL’s request that U.S. District Judge David Doty toss out the case.Peterson and the union… Read full this story
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