The NFL Players Association appeals Peterson’s suspension without pay, requesting neutral arbitration. Excerpt from NFL Players Association’s letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell:
Indeed, your retroactive application of the revised Policy, imposition of grossly disproportionate discipline, and implementation of unprecedented procedures underscore your inability lawfully to serve as Hearing Officer. Under these circumstances, neither you nor anyone associated with the NFL could issue an arbitration award that would be enforceable under the Labor Management Relations Act or the Federal Arbitration Act. We are prepared to commence discussions with you immediately about the appointment of a neutral arbitrator.