Oct 8, 2014; Conroe, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches as attorney Rusty Hardin (not pictured) speaks to the media outside of the Montgomery county courthouse. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal today that allows him to avoid jail time and, more importantly, resolve the issue regarding his actions towards his son.
Peterson agreed to a deal that had him plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. The judge agreed to defer a guilty conviction for two years and levied a fine of $4,000 and 80 hours of community service.
Watching Peterson afterwards, he came off as scripted when stating:
"“I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone you could even imagine, and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child.”"
But regardless of what Adrian Peterson’s true feelings are regarding this situation, his case will now be review by Roger Goodell as he is the one who must ultimately decide what Peterson’s fate is going forward with regards to the NFL. Because Peterson currently resides on the “commissioner’s exempt list,” only Goodell can reinstate Adrian Peterson.
ESPN’s Ed Werder says that Peterson’s return could be imminent when considering the result of Peterson’s court case.
Werder talks about the Vikings’ support of Peterson’s return, so it seems the Vikings certainly won’t stand between Peterson and the game field.
If and when Adrian Peterson is reinstated by Roger Goodell, the Vikings would either have to welcome his return or release him essentially allowing Peterson to sign and play elsewhere.
The Vikings currently sit at 4-5 and are far from out of the playoffs with the wild card teams possessing three losses. It’ll be interesting to see how the league office and the NFLPA handles this going forward and to see how fans respond to the NFL’s decision-making.