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Rusty Hardin: Don’t lump Adrian Peterson in with Ray Rice

November 6, 2014

If Ray Rice's elevator video hadn't become public, Adrian Peterson probably would have been playing for the Vikings over the last eight weeks. But Peterson's indictment on a charge of abusing his 4-year-old son was handed down just as the NFL was in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for its handling of Rice, and as a result Peterson has spent the last eight weeks out of the NFL.

Now that Peterson has resolved the legal issue with a no-contest plea, his lawyer says it's time for the NFL to separate Peterson from the league's domestic violence scandal.

“I hope and trust he doesn't fall prey to all these publicized events involving other people, which had nothing to do with his situation,” lawyer Rusty Hardin said.
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