The National Football League Players Association filed a lawsuit on Monday morning against the NFL on behalf of Adrian Peterson, in an effort to have him reinstated. The union's suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenges an arbitrator's support of the NFL's decision to suspend Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was suspended indefinitely after he entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge last month, after Peterson allegedly used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that Peterson can't be reinstated before April 15 and is suspended for the six games left in this season.
Peterson appealed the suspension, and last week arbitrator Harold Henderson backed the NFL's penalty. The NFLPA said in a release that it "expected this outcome, given the hearing officer's relationship and financial ties to the NFL. The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement."