Texas: Adrian Peterson said he thought he received a fair hearing Friday from a US federal judge in Minnesota who agreed to consider a lawsuit challenging his suspension from the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was suspended indefinitely -- and at least through April 15 -- after pleading no contest in November to a misdemeanor charge for whipping his son with a tree branch.
NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the sanction in December, saying the ruling was neither unfair nor inconsistent.
But the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of Peterson, seeking Peterson`s reinstatement because the incident in May preceded the August implementation of the league`s tougher sanctions for players involved in domestic violence.
The lawsuit argues that before the new policy, Peterson would have been suspended for no more than two games.
Peterson and his wife, Ashley, were in the courtroom in Minneapolis, where US District Judge David Doty said he would take the matter under advisement.
"I always like good arguments," Doty said.
"I felt like I got a fair game," said Peterson, who was asked if he would like to stay with the Vikings and answered "of course."
Fans outside the courtroom shouted their support and got waves from Peterson and his wife.
The 29-year-old player hadn`t been seen publicly in Minnesota since September, before he was indicted in Texas in the whipping which left his four-year-old son who lives with his mother in Minnesota but was visiting Texas with bruises and cuts days later.
Originally charged with a felony, Peterson agreed to a plea deal and received probation and a $4,000 fine and was required by a Texas judge to perform 80 hours of community service.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, however, chastised the player for showing "no meaningful remorse" for his conduct.
The NFLPA is urging a quick resolution to the case so Peterson can resume his career.
The Vikings have said they`d like Peterson to return to the team in 2015, but haven`t confirmed that will happen.