More details have surfaced over the season-long ban on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for child abuse.
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After receiving a one-year ban for child abuse and having his appeal denied, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has tried to understand what went wrong. But new evidence has surfaced that seems to bolster Peterson’s claim that he was promised one degree of punishment and served another.
According to a recorded phone call between Peterson and NFL executive vice-president of operations Troy Vincent on November 12th, in which Vincent seemed to promise a two-game suspension. But Peterson ended up being suspended indefinitely.
“Two additional games, not time served?” Peterson asked on the recording.
“No, no, no,” Vincent replied. “It’s just the one this weekend. So really, it’s just next week and you … you’re rolling. You’re back.”
“So, two games?” Peterson asks at another point.
“Yeah,” Vincent replies, “but you cannot … you’ve got to go through the process.”
“I gave you my word the other day,” Vincent said. “I think we looked at each other, and in my heart i’m praying that we can just get your family restored and get you back on this field so you can continue to be the ballplayer the citizen the husband the father that God has called you to be … You’ve paid the price. And I think everybody understands that.”
However, at Peterson’s appeal hearing, Vincent denied making any promises, insisting that Peterson needed to “show up.”