After initially being placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list by the Vikings,NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped in and suspended Peterson for the rest of the 2014 season.
"The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision," Goodell wrote. "Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children and have no further violations of law or league policy."
Peterson won't be reinstated until April 2015. If he violates the NFL's personal conduct policy again he will be banned from the league.
"There were people (in the organization) that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren't heard from," Peterson said. "It's hard to say (what my future will be). I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you," he added. "I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization. Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built. In the (grand) scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that."