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Adrian Peterson: I finally got a 'fair' hearing; wants to return to Vikings


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, wearing a gray suit with a purple tie, arrived at a federal courthouse in Minneapolis about 30 minutes before his 2 p.m. hearing with U.S. District Judge David Doty was scheduled to begin Friday.

A little more than an hour after the the hearing started, Peterson and representives from the NFL Players Association and the NFL walked out of the courtroom without an answer as to whether Peterson will remain suspended or be reinstated to the league. But Peterson did speak briefly, offering a comment that he felt like he finally got a fair hearing, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports.

Peterson was not expected to testify at the hearing. Instead, the NFL Players Association was expected to represent him in a fight against the NFL to get his suspension overturned. ESPN notes that each side was provided a 30-minute window to argue its case.

NFLPA argues; Peterson wants to play for Vikings

Multiple reports suggest the union argued that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't have the authority to force Peterson to seek counseling following the child abuse case that resulted in the former MVP pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor reckless assault against this son.

However, Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press has a source that informed him Peterson has already undergone psychological testing and parental counseling through the NFL.

If the suspension isn't overturned, Peterson will not be eligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. It's in the best interest of the Vikings that Peterson is reinstated before free agency begins March 10 in the event that Minnesota decides to part ways with him. Peterson, though, told the Star Tribune's Kelly Smith that he wants to continue playing for the Vikings.

On Thursday, Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, repeatedly told the Pioneer Press that their family is simply "trying to move forward."

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