Peterson to be reinstated barring NFL appeal

This was huge news with Free Agency starting on March 10, Judge Doty ruled that Peterson be immediately reinstated to the NFL. This could have been over once the judge ruled, but the league does have the option of appealing said decision, an option they didn’t have in the Ray Rice situation.

Below is the official statement from DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association’s Executive Director:

“This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”

–DeMaurice Smith
NFLPA Executive Director

Andrew Brandt shared some of his thoughts on the ruling on twitter, we’d like to share them with you. It gives a bit more insight as to why the judge ruled in Peterson’s and the NFLPA’s favor.

It appears that the ‘new’ personal conduct policy can’t be used for past cases, it will be used from this point on. So it doesn’t apply to Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson or even to Greg Hardy. The NFL can fight it, but it may be a moot point.

While it was a win for Peterson and the NFLPA in the court room, this is not yet finished until the NFL decides if they will appeal or not and what type of suspension if any will be given to Peterson to start the 2015 season. Then there is still that matter of whether Peterson and Vikings determine that they can work together. If not, Peterson may be traded or released. What team would want to lose arguably the best back in the league and get nothing in return? Then again, what a player counts against the cap comes into play. Even with the cap going up next year, veteran players are expected to be released at an abnormal rate this offseason if they have large cap numbers.

It also means that the NFL can’t officially implement it’s new conduct policy until this and the Hardy case is fully wrapped up, not in court but in regards to the league. Whether further disciplinary actions will be doled out, or not. What do you think of the decision for reinstatement, will the league appeal and tie this up in court longer?

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