DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Sources say a federal judge has ruled in favor of the National Football League Player Association’s lawsuit on behalf of Adrian Peterson to reinstate running back.
CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora reports a Minnesota judge has sided with the NFLPA in its case versus the NFL over Adrian Peterson’s discipline.
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the last six games of the 2014 season and through at least April 15, the result of the child-abuse case that sidelined the 2012 NFL MVP out of all but one game.
U.S. District Judge David Doty issued his order Thursday, less than three weeks after hearing oral arguments. Doty overruled NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson’s previous denial of Peterson’s appeal.
But Doty said in his 16-page ruling that Henderson “simply disregarded the law of the shop and in doing so failed to meet his duty under the” collective bargaining agreement.
The NFLPA flied a federal lawsuit in December 2014 asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.
The petition also requested a court order for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement, arguing that Peterson has served far more than what’s allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.
The NFL says it will “review the decision” by Judge Doty to make Adrian Peterson immediately eligible.
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