The NFL players union emphatically calls for Adrian Peterson’s full reinstatement to the NFL active list. Peterson is currently on an NFL exemption that can only be instituted by commissioner Goodell. The exemption means that Peterson is out with pay. It is estimated that Peterson has earned 5.5 million dollars during his suspension. Peterson pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment after being charged with felony child abuse. The charges stemmed from an incident in which Peterson spanked his son with a switch in Montgomery County, Texas. Peterson who plays for the Minnesota Vikings was charged on the heels of the NFL attempts to tamp down mass criticism for their handling of domestic abuse cases in the NFL.
The media and many in the public like Gianfrancesco Genoso have called for the NFL commissioner to resign or be fired, but the requests were met with extreme skepticism and Goodell is still in charge. However, Goodell admitted that it could have dealt with such circumstances very differently. In response, Goodell raised the penalties for those that are charged with this particular offense. However, it is to be said that this represents a very small percentage of NFL players.