Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.28.50 PMThis year has been a trying one for star athletes. The NFL has suspended embattled running back for the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson indefinitely and without pay. The league confirmed in a statement released on Tuesday that Peterson will have to wait until April 15, 2015 to be considered for reinstatement.

This announcement is another indication of the seriousness of Peterson’s ongoing case involving his indictment on charges that he subjected his four-year old son to extreme forms of abuse. Matters were made worse by the Ray Rice controversy, which drew criticism for the way it was initially handled. The NFL had no choice but to act swiftly by penalizing Peterson and regulating him to the “exempt list”.

A couple of weeks ago, Peterson ended up pleading no contest to a single misdemeanor count of reckless assault. This should have been enough to put the issue to rest but apparently the NFL is still wary about the idea of reinstating Peterson. If he does attempt to appeal his suspension, there is a big possibility that it will be extended through the next season.

Looks like the NFL is using Peterson as an example of what can happen if domestic or child abuse is remotely associated with one of its players.

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