The NFL came down hard against Adrian Peterson. They denied his request for immediate reinstatement along with suspending his pay for the rest of 2014 and not giving him eligibility until April 2015. Naturally, the NFLPA wanted to request an appeal and they stated they were told by an NFL executive that Peterson’s time on the Commissioner’s Exempt list (which he was paid at least $700k a week), would result in time served and would be immediately reinstated after accepting a plea deal. Alas, NFL VP Jeff Pash, has has told Mike and Mike that no one said no such thing.
“I’m quite confident that no one told him that,” Pash said.
“He hasn’t served any time. He was on paid leave. He was being paid for the entire time that he was out. In no corporate setting is that considered discipline. We don’t consider it discipline here. We didn’t take his money back as part of the action that the commissioner decided on yesterday. So the concept of ‘time served,’ I think, is a misnomer here,” Pash said.
There’s two sides to every story. While some may think that 10 weeks out is punishment, making at least $700k during those weeks actually doesn’t scream torture. While he may not been able to play the game he loves, he was definitely payed like one. No one in the NFLPA or Peterson’s camp has produced any damaging evidence from the NFL Executive they have accused of speaking on Peterson’s reinstatement.