Does Adrian Peterson have the right to a legitimate gripe with the NFL?
On a November 12 audio recording obtained by ABC News, NFL executive Troy Vincent can be heard telling the Minnesota Vikings star running back that he'd only get a two game suspension for child abuse charges under the condition that he "just go through the process." However, six days later, the league slapped Peterson with a suspension for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.
This new audio surfaced after Peterson's appeal, which he lost Friday, effectively wiping out the chances of him playing again this season. During Peterson's appeal, Vincent denied promising the running back anything.
However, the audio recording says otherwise.
"So, two games?" Peterson asks Vincent clearly about his suspension on the leaked recording.
"Yeah," responds Vincent, before telling the rusher that he must go through the process, which is essentially code for let the legal system play out without bad-mouthing the NFL.
"I gave you my word the other day," Vincent continues. I think we looked at each other and in my heart I'm praying that we can just get your family restored and get you back on this field so that you can continue to be the ballplayer, the citizen, the father, the husband that God's called you to be. You've done a lot — paid, paid a price, and I think everybody, everybody understands that."
When ABC News reached the NFL for comment, they were sent a copy of the appeal decision, in which the league summarizes that it had enough evidence to reach its verdict to deny Peterson reinstatement. However, the league didn't address Vincent.
Before Peterson was suspended for the remainder of this season back on November 18, he had accepted a plea deal in his child abuse case.
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