Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association’s lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson’s behalf.
It is the latest blow to the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, who has watched his rulings against Peterson and Ray Rice both overturned in recent months.
The league had suspended Peterson through at least April 15 for his involvement in a child abuse case. But Doty said in his 16-page ruling that arbitrator Harold Henderson “simply disregarded the law of the shop and in doing so failed to meet his duty under the [collective bargaining agreement].”
Said the NFLPA in a statement issued Thursday: “This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”
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By Ben Goessling of ESPN.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.