Judge's Ruling Opens Door For Adrian Peterson's NFL Return
A federal judge sided with Adrian Peterson on Thursday, ruling that the NFL improperly suspended the Vikings running back.By Cliff Judy | February 26, 2015
A federal judge has ruled Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can be reinstated to the NFL, the latest development in months of legal fights in both criminal and civil courts that effectively benched one of football's best players for an entire season.
Peterson missed all but one game in 2014 after allegations of child abuse became public, with the running back admitting he disciplined his son by spanking him with a switch.
Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child abuse in criminal court, but his team had already placed him on the commissioner's exempt list that banned him from all team activities until his legal troubles were over. (Video via WCCO)