NFLPA still fighting on behalf of Peterson

The NFL Players Association continues to fight the NFL’s implementation of the new personal conduct policy and how it affected Adrian Peterson and others.

Adrian Peterson may find himself at the center of another controversy, this one in a federal courtroom, as the NFL Players Association filed a grievance late this week against the NFL challenging the adoption by the owners of a revised personal conduct policy, as well as looking for a cease-and-desist order to keep the league from implementing the changes.

The NFL was forced to scramble early this season when domestic violence incidents were brought against Peterson, Baltimore’s Ray Rice (who was subsequently released) and Carolina’s Greg Hardy. The NFLPA has argued for the last several months that the use of the Commissioner’s Exempt List as a form of punishment outside the scope of typical suspensions was the result and that the league was violating its own collectively bargained system of imposing punishment.

The players association maintains that the new policy deviates from the current collective bargaining agreement in 10 different ways, including a new policy for handing down suspensions, the use of the Commissioner’s Exempt List to create a new form of punishment and a new probationary period as part of punishment for “detrimental conduct.”

Other points of contention by the union is that discipline can be lengthened or shortened based on whether a player seeks treatment or counseling, using community service as a form of punishment/restitution (which typically is only imposed by a court in a criminal proceeding), creating its own disciplinary panel, increases in the power wielded by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the addition of outside advisors to be included in the disciplinary process.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released a statement: “The league's revised conduct policy was the product of a tremendous amount of analysis and work and is based on input from a broad and diverse group of experts within and outside of football, including current players, former players, and the NFL Players Association. We and the public firmly believe that all NFL personnel should be held accountable to a stronger, more effective conduct policy. Clearly, the union does not share that belief.”

The NFLPA presented a proposal for a new conduct policy to the league office in November. When the owners met last month in Dallas, the league’s own proposal was submitted and ratified by the owners.

SATURDAY NOTES

  • The Vikings won’t be raising ticket prices in their final season at TCF Bank Stadium. Variable ticket packages for single games will remain as they were last year as well. The Vikings will have home games against the Packers, Lions, Bears, Rams, Seahawks, Chiefs and Chargers next season.

  • The Wilf family lost a bid to have a $2 million arbitration award overturned in a Newark, New Jersey courtroom. Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore upheld the arbitrator’s decision that former business partners Norman Mitschele and Ralph Mitschele are entitled to the $2 million. John Wenzke, the attorney for the Wilfs in the matter, said the Wilfs will appeal the decision, claiming the Mitscheles already received the money in question.

  • Former Viking Randall Cunningham will be auctioning off memorabilia from his football career to help raise funds for the church Cunningham serves in Las Vegas. The auction preview starts today and runs through Feb. 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center as part of the NFL Experience., allowing fans to view the memorabilia – which is more than 500 pieces and includes just about every game-worn jersey, helmet and trophy Cunningham compiled over his 16-year football career. For those interested in potentially bidding, go to HuntAuctions.com for more information.


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