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Peterson won't win early reinstatement, artibrator rules

Arbitrator rules that Adrian Peterson received fair treatment in suspension for hitting his 4-year-old with a switch.

ADRIAN PETERSON will not play again this season.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced yesterday that arbitrator Harold Henderson denied Peterson's appeal of the suspension without pay through at least the end of the 2014 season that was handed down by the league in November.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent," Henderson said in a statement released by Aiello. "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

The Vikings running back was suspended under the league's personal conduct policy after spending most of the season getting paid to sit out while on the commissioner's exempt list. Peterson's suspension stems from felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child that were filed in September after Peterson was accused of hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch.

Peterson pleaded no contest to a lesser misdemeanor charge on Nov. 4 and was sentenced to perform 80 hours of community service and also fined $4,000.

If he completes his suspension without further trouble, he will be eligible for reinstatement on April 15.


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