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Adrian Peterson Gets a Dose of NFL 'Justice'

Even if you agree with the suspension, this should bother you: The commissioner’s role as “judge, jury, and executioner” hasn’t changed at all.
We won't be seeing this again for a while.

We won't be seeing this again for a while.

Photographer: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The National Football League made a major statement today, suspending Adrian Peterson for at least the remainder of the season after the Minnesota Vikings running back reached a plea deal in his child abuse case.

In a letter to Peterson, Commissioner Roger Goodell listed three main reasons for the season-long penalty, which exceeds the baseline six-game punishment outlined in the personal conduct policy that Goodell updated in August. The “aggravating circumstances” in this case were: That the victim, Peterson’s son, was just four years old; that Peterson's “repetitive use of the switch” constituted use of a weapon; and, notably, that Peterson has “shown no meaningful remorse” for his conduct.