Soon I will get to his punishment (laid out below on how he played his cards poorly) but I am happy that he was punished for his brutal beating of one of his sons that left the boy with bruises.
This story isn't about due process and all the other BS that some people are talking about. This is not about the inconsistency in Roger Goodell handing out punishments. It's about a pompous man who thought that he was more powerful and smarter than everyone else.
The legal system did nothing to punish AP. What he thought was left was for the NFL to be forced to doing nothing more to him as far as discipline is concerned, That is why today's events put a smile on my face. One way or another, fair or not fair Adrian Peterson received justice. Yes Sir!
AP gambled and lost and I love it.
Adrian Peterson Pleaded Guilty
Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in regards to his child abuse case. Allegedly AP's lawyers did not want him to plead but AP wanted to get back on the field. He thought he would be right back in his purple uniform and on the field with his Minnesota Vikings teammates.
When AP's legal case was completed, Roger Goodell and the NFL refused to take him off the commissioner's exempt list. AP and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) quickly objected and said they were appealing the case (that ended up being heard by an arbitrator on Monday).
Adrian Peterson was flexing his muscles and he thought that his maneuvering alongside his union would yield positive results.
You'll see later that this strategy didn't work and that AP would have been better off going to trial.
AP Refused to Show Up to NFL Disciplinary Meeting
Last Friday Adrian Peterson refused to show up to a meeting with Roger Goodell in regards to a disciplinary hearing. AP released a statement that he did not agree to the meeting because it was unfair and that the NFL was not following rules agreed to by the NFL and the NFLPA.
I didn't think that this was a good move at the time. I probably was the only one. I thought at the time that it was too big a gamble. I knew that the NFL would hand out a punishment (with or without his participation) and if he lost his appeal hearing in regards to fighting not being taken off the commissioner's exempt list that he would be dealt a severe blow.
So the gambler went all in and as you know by now he lost but we will get to that in a bit.
NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson
On Tuesday Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season. AP will not be allowed to file for reinstatement until April of 2015 and even then he isn't guaranteed be allowed back at that time.
While a suspension was likely, few people thought that the NFL would issue such a harsh penalty. I believe that Roger Goodell gave AP a severe punishment due to AP snubbing him and refusing to show up to his disciplinary meeting.
I believe that Roger Goodell thinks that he is a king that is immune to being accountable to his superiors and the NFL's fan base. I think Roger has the ego the size of the universe.
So, on Tuesday Roger flexed his muscles and they proved to be mightier than AP's.
This was the second way that AP played his cards (hand) poorly but AP still had the hope and I'm sure the belief that NFL Arbitrator Shyam Das would rule in his favor and that the NFL would be forced to remove him from the NFL's exemption list.
Adrian will appeal the decision and the NFLPA wants an independent party to handle the appeal. Good luck with that.
Shyam Das Rules in Favor of the NFL
Not long after Roger Goodell handed out his punishment to Adrian Peterson, NFL Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that the NFL could keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list. That decision dealt a huge blow to Adrian Peterson and the NFLPA.
This means that AP will remain on the list and will be barred from playing while his appeal is heard. Ha ha ha ha. Talk about losing big time. He pleadrd to a misdemeanor hoping to play this season. Then he missed a disciplinary hearing and put all his eggs in the arbitrator's basket.
Adrian is a big loser today. Adrian Peterson probably won't reflect on his situation. If he was smart he would take the time to everything that Goodell laid out for him so he could return to the field as soon as possible.
AP must be fuming and his hatred for Roger Goodell must be huge but that hatred will get him nowhere quickly.
The events of today might not seem fair to players and fans. Many people will say that Roger Goodell has been inconsistent and made things up as he's gone along. I think that's true but I also think that players should realize that they are gambling with their futures when they take on the mighty NFL, especially when they've done heinous things that could damage the NFL.
Adrian was powerless in taking on the NFL. He bought into his union's claim that the NFL was not upholding their part of the bargain when it came to the commissioner's exempt list but an NFL arbitrator didn't see it that way.
The NFLPA thought that it knew everything and led the public to believe they had a slam dunk case. They didn't and their handling of Adrian Peterson's case was terrible. They counseled AP to refuse to show up to his disciplinary hearing. Now AP is suspended without pay for the remainder of the season.
AP played his cards (hand) poorly and got obliterated!