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DeMaurice Smith: NFL makes it up as they go along


Adrian Peterson has been suspended for at least the rest of this season, and his union isn’t happy about it.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said on Mike & Mike that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell simply isn’t handling player discipline appropriately.

“The process that the NFL has employed since the beginning of the season has been arbitrary, inconsistent, uneven and inconsistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” Smith said. “You get the feeling over the last few months that the National Football League has simply been making it up as they go along. That’s something that is not in the best interests of the game, certainly not in the best interests of the players, and I know not in the best interests of our sponsors.”

The NFL Players Association released a statement shortly after the NFL announced Peterson’s suspension, and in it the union said the league lacks the credibility to appropriately handle player discipline. Smith said the players have lost confidence in Goodell.

“There is a growing gap between the players and the league office, and that shouldn’t be,” he said.

In other words, while the NFL says Peterson’s season is over, the NFLPA says it’s fight against the NFL’s form of discipline is far from over.