Adrian Peterson is currently locked in a battle with the NFL after the Players Association lodged a legal challenge with the league on his behalf after was suspended for the rest of the season last month.
Peterson was suspended following the child abuse charges he received after he struck his four-year-old son with a switch. However, Peterson initially went on the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's exemption list until his legal proceedings were concluded, with the Minnesota Vikings running back under the impression that he would be cleared to play once his legal issues played out.
But Peterson did not get reinstated when a plea bargain spared him jail, and he was subsequently banned for the rest of the 2014 NFL season.
However, it has now been revealed by Pro Football Talk that Peterson was told in mid-November that his suspension would only be two games if he was to turn up to a league office meeting on Friday, November 17.
NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent is understood to have 'aggressively tried to persuade' Peterson to come to meeting, with PFT managing to obtain leaked phone calls that show that Vincent is guilty of hypocrisy, with NFL's season ban for Peterson also more and more looking like a punishment for not attending the meeting rather than Peterson's crime.
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"“We’ve gotta make sure you show up on Friday,” Vincent said in the first of two recorded calls. That first call also had Vincent suggesting very strongly to Peterson that, if he shows up for the meeting, he could learn as early as that night that he would miss only two additional games before returning for the final five games of the season," PFT reported.
“The number that you gave me is real,” Vincent said in reference to a two-game suspension, “but you gotta go through the process.”"
These words have now been used against the NFL and Vincent as a prime example of the NFL retaliating against Peterson for not showing up to the meeting.
This story is likely to run and run for some time. Watch this space.