Houston (CBS Houston) – The lawyer for Adrian Peterson thinks the NFL is being too tough and has levied unnecessary punishment on him.
“These guys are making this stuff up as they go along,” said attorney Rusty Hardin who joined The Triple Threat on SportsRadio 610 today.
Hardin, who was Peterson’s attorney during his time dealing with charges in Montgomery County, said there was a feeling and private belief among Adrian Peterson and his close circle the NFL would allow Peterson to come off the exempt list once his legal situation came to a conclusion.
“He has served time,” Hardin said.
Hardin mentioned Peterson has not only missed football games but his reputation has suffered. He has lost millions of dollars as sponsors dropped him after the incident was headed to court.
Hardin mentioned Goodell’s comments about Peterson and how he raises his children were out of line and the ways people raise their children shouldn’t be dictated by their employers.
“Is the guy on the assembly line in Detroit-is General Motors now going to be looking into how he disciplines his children and punish him on his job?”
Adrian Peterson is being punished further than appropriate to help portray the NFL in a better light after their missteps according to Hardin.
He pointed to the Ray Rice situation and Peterson being caught up in the storm of negative press around the NFL.
“Adrian and his punishment for the disciplining of his child, it’s lopped in, as a way they make compensation for the mistakes they made. And it’s just not fair to him.”
“When they got their hand caught in the cookie jar, they then decided to just swing at everybody.”
Hardin said during his time representing Peterson the Vikings were very supportive during the court proceedings and wanted him back in Minnesota. Hardin said that was before the Vikings accepted the NFL’s stance on Peterson.
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