Nearly two years after Adrian Peterson’s lengthy battle with the NFL and Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 season, the running back is being forced to pay his fine after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that Roger Goodell was acting within his rights as commissioner to suspend and punish Peterson for his arrest.
In the ruling delivered on Thursday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said that Goodell acted within the rights given to him by the collective bargaining agreement:
With today’s court ruling #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Chris Kirksey Jersey owes MIN three game checks from the ’14 season, which (I think) = $2.0M #math #fixed
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2016
If Peterson tries to fight against the ruling through the NFL Players Association, his chances of avoiding a fine seem slim:
Next step: NFLPA asks for rehearing Christian Kirksey Jersey en banc from Eighth Circuit. Little good it did Brady though. Longest of long shots.
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) August 4, 2016
Based on the NFLPA’s statement, though, the matter appears to be over.
“Our union pursues all claims because we believe in due process, fundamental fairness and in the spirit of collective bargaining agreements,” the statement read. “While the NFLPA disagrees with the decision, we accept this loss. When negotiation or collective bargaining fails to resolve our differences, we will always fight and pursue every recourse for our players’ rights.”
But he also missed seven games in 2011 and 11 games in 2013. Hall hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2010, at which point he had played every game for the first four seasons of his career. Still, in 121 career games he’s put up 470 combined tackles, five forced fumbles, two fumble recovers, 26 interceptions and 111 passes defensed.
While Hall has become a coveted free agent as training camp begins, the veteran cornerback sat on the open market for nearly five months. The Bengals made a late push to bring back Hall, especially after losing rookie William Jackson to a torn pectoral muscle early in camp.
Instead Hall will join a Giants secondary that features the new additions of Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, and now looks much better than the unit that was last in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2015.
Hall was a second-team All-Pro player in 2009. He will turn 32 during the 2016 season.