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Peterson feels he 'got a fair' reinstatement hearing


Adrian Peterson made his case for NFL reinstatement on Friday.

The Minnesota Vikings running back was present in a Minneapolis courtroom as officials from the NFL and the NFL Players Association made their arguments in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty.

Suing on Peterson's behalf, the NFLPA is requesting that Doty overturn a suspension the league draped on Peterson in November, which was later upheld by third-party arbitrator Harold Henderson.

"I felt like a got a fair hearing, for once," Peterson said, per "I appreciate all the support from my fans."

Doty said Friday that he would take the NFLPA's words into consideration, telling reporters, per The Star Tribune: "I always like good arguments."

The NFL suspended Peterson on Nov. 18 stemming from a no contest plea on what the league called "an incident of abusive discipline" toward his 4-year-old son. Because the appeal was denied, Peterson is not set for reinstatement prior to April 15. The running back's lawyers are arguing that Peterson should be reinstated before that date.

Asked if he wanted to stay with the Vikings if he is ultimately reinstated, Peterson wasted no time, saying: "Of course."