Players’ Union Asks Court To Hold Goodell In Contempt

Roger-GoodellThe NFL players’ union has asked a federal court to hold the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt over the Adrian Peterson case, sating that they:

“have deliberately ignored both the court’s decision from 11 weeks ago and our repeated requests to comply with that order.””

On Feb. 26, the NFL was ordered to change its decision to suspend Peterson indefinitely after he injured his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch last year in an attempt to apply discipline. He missed all but one game while on the commissioner’s exempt list.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and USA Today Sports report that two NFLPA attorneys repeatedly asked the league and arbitrator Harold Henderson to comply with Judge David Doty’s Feb. 26 ruling, as recently as last week. The attorneys warned the NFL it would be facing a contempt filing if it didn’t comply.

“The delay tactics, inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of the league has continued to hurt the rights of players, the credibility of the league office and the integrity of the collective bargaining agreement,” NFLPA president Eric Winston said in a statement. “In the absence of any action by the NFL’s governing board of owners, the players have acted to hold the NFL accountable to our players, the CBA and to the law.”

Peterson’s suspension was lifted last month by Goodell, but the running back has not joined the Vikings. The union believes the NFL has violated the collective bargaining agreement reached in 2011.

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