NFLPA files contempt motion against Goodell, NFL in Peterson case
The NFLPA’s issues with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday are not limited to their drive to have him remove himself as the arbitrator for Tom Brady’s forthcoming appeal of his four-game suspension.
In a statement signed by NFLPA president Eric Winston, the union announced that it has filed a motion in to hold Goodell and the league in contempt regarding their response to United States District Court Judge David Doty’s ruling that the league erred by suspending running back Adrian Peterson under the auspices of the new personal conduct policy. The case was sent back to arbitrator Harold Henderson, who has not issued a new ruling.
“On February 26th, the NFL was ordered to change their decision in the Peterson matter and reissue a ruling consistent with our collective bargaining agreement. The Union made multiple requests to the League office asking the arbitrator, who serves at the direction of the Commissioner, to comply with the law and avoid further litigation. Despite our attempts, they have done nothing and leave us no choice but to seek this motion,” the statement reads.
“The delay tactics, inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of the League has continued to hurt the rights of players, the credibility of the League office and the integrity of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the absence of any action by the NFL’s governing board of owners, the players have acted to hold the NFL accountable to our players, the CBA and to the law.”
Peterson was formally reinstated by the league on April 16, a day after they said Peterson would become eligible for reinstatement under a suspension handed down last November. The league appealed Doty’s decision to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.