Arbitrator Harold Henderson has made his ruling on the appeal of Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson, and fans of the Minnesota Vikings are not going to like it very much.
Appeals officer Harold Henderson has affirmed the Adrian Peterson discipline...appeal denied.— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) December 12, 2014
This means that there's no chance of Adrian Peterson seeing the field this year, and now there's a chance that his suspension could carry into the 2015 season as well.
There will be more details forthcoming on this, to be sure, and we'll be going over exactly what this means to the Minnesota Vikings going forward. As it stands now, the original ruling from the National Football League still stands. . .he is out for the rest of this season, at the very least, and his reinstatement will not be considered until 15 April 2015, well after the start of free agency and close to the time for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Once again, Adrian Peterson's suspension has been upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson, and Peterson remains out for the rest of the 2014 NFL season.
EDIT: Here is the statement from Henderson, via the Twitter account of Master Tesfatsion.
EDIT: More expansion on Henderson's statement, via Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports:
Harold Henderson also echoed Roger Goodell's stating Adrian Peterson showed little remorse pic.twitter.com/CnfzSwWIS6— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 12, 2014
EDIT: And here's the full text of the appeal letter, courtesy of ESPN.
EDIT: And, as expected, the NFLPA is not terribly happy.
Apparently it's already being reported that this case is heading to federal court.