The NFL advised Adrian Peterson on Thursday afternoon that, following his plea agreement this week to resolve his criminal child abuse case in Texas, his matter will now be reviewed for potential discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.
The letter, which the NFL sent to Peterson and his agent, Ben Dogra, makes specific reference to the original charge of felony injury to a child, even though the Minnesota Vikings running back entered a no-contest plea and any language specifically related to domestic violence or that the victim was a child was removed, a source close to the process told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.
As part of the process, the NFL has requested that Peterson submit relevant information regarding his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for commissioner Roger Goodell’s consideration. Peterson also will have the opportunity to have a hearing before the issuance of any discipline.
Among the information Peterson has been requested to submit are photographs, witness statements, and the names of any counselors or other professionals he has been consulting with the past two months, the source told Werder.
Pending completion of the process, Peterson’s status on the commissioner’s exempt list will remain unchanged, the NFL said.
It is “highly unlikely” anything with Peterson will be resolved until next week, at the earliest, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Also on Thursday, Nike confirmed it has severed its relationship with Peterson. His contract with the shoe giant had been suspended in September.
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