The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after serving a suspension and spending time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
Peterson will be allowed to participate in all team activities starting Friday, and the Vikings start their offseason conditioning program on Monday. It’s unclear if he will attend any of the team’s voluntary conditioning or practices. Their only mandatory practice is June 18-20, their full-team minicamp.
"The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the team said in its brief statement following the news.
In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.
Peterson’s case stems from his May 2014 corporal punishment of his 4-year-old son when he used a wooden switch for discipline. He was indicted on child abuse charges but eventually pleaded no contest to reckless assault on Nov. 4. In between his indictment in early September and his plea contest, he spent time on the exempt list and played in only the season opener, missing the final 15 games of the season. The NFL suspended him on Nov. 18 until “at least” April 15, and on Thursday the league announced his reinstatement.
“Beyond the requirement to comply with his court obligations and plan of counseling, Peterson was reminded that his continuing participation in the NFL depends on his avoidance of any further conduct that violates the Personal Conduct Policy or other NFL policies,” the NFL said in a statement. “Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.”
Adrian Peterson reinstated, with conditions
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