Adrian Peterson denies he refused to attend NFL hearing
By Kevin Murphy
(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson disputed on Sunday a published report that he backed out of a meeting requested by the National Football League to discuss his future in the wake of his no contest plea to a child abuse charge.
Citing an unnamed NFL source, ESPN reported that Peterson refused to attend a disciplinary hearing the league scheduled with him on Friday.
"The report that I backed out of a meeting with the NFL is just not true,” Peterson said in a statement issued by the NFL Players Association, the union for players.
The NFL is weighing what it actions it might take against Peterson, who pleaded no contest this month in Texas to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for hitting his 4-year-old son with a thin tree branch as a form of punishment.
Peterson has played in only one game this year. He remains on the NFL commissioner's exempt list, which means he cannot play but receives his full $11.75 million salary.
He said he was advised by the union that the hearing was inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement between the league and players.
Peterson said he had informed the NFL that he would attend a standard meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prior to any possible discipline being imposed.
"But I wouldn’t participate in a newly created and non-collectively bargained pre-discipline 'hearing' that would include outside people I don't know and who would have roles in the process that the NFL wouldn't disclose,” Peterson said. Continued...