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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Regretful Adrian Peterson takes ‘full responsibility,’ promises not to use switch again 11.21.14 at 8:31 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Charleston, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton vs. UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas vs. California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. South Carolina, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple vs. Due, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
NHL: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Texas-El Paso at Rice, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College football: San Jose State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Adrian Peterson had “shown no meaningful remorse” for his child abuse incident, Peterson changed course, telling USA Today that he will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids again.

Peterson hit his 4-year-old, leaving marks that last for weeks, but he insisted he was regretful for the pain he caused.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that, ‘I didn’t mean to do this to you,’ and how sorry I was.

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

Peterson has been lumped in with former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face in a hotel elevator, but he said that’s not a fair comparison.

“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

Peterson has six children with six women, and he says he tries to maintain a relationship with all of them.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,’ ” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

Peterson said he hopes to talk to Goodell and would like to return to the Vikings, although he knows not everyone in Minnesota will be welcoming.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson, adding, “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” he said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Paul Pierce and LeBron James are set to renew acquaintances Friday night in Washington as the Wizards host the Cavaliers, but Pierce downplayed the intensity of their rivalry.

“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood,” the former Celtics star said Thursday. “If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. It’s like fighting for the same girl. How am I going to be cool with that guy? I’ve got total respect for him as a person. It’s just the thing we go through on the court.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson criticizes NFL for ‘refusal to be fair’ 11.17.14 at 8:19 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Miami at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland-Eastern Shore at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Winthrop at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Georgia State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Binghamton at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oregon, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn at Colorado, 1 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico State at St. Mary’s, 3 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Hawaii, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson criticized the NFL on Sunday, saying the league is treating him unfairly by not allowing him to return to the Vikings since he pleased no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

The NFL Players Association field a grievance seeking to allow Peterson to play while commissioner Roger Goodell determines his punishment. The running back remains on paid leave.

MASHUP POLL: Is the NFL treating Adrian Peterson unfairly?

  • Yes, the league should announce its decision and not leave him in limbo (51%, 117 Votes)
  • No, he's the one who misbehaved, and the league has the right to take its time (49%, 111 Votes)

Total Voters: 228

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The league offered to have a hearing this past Friday, but Peterson objected to “outside people I don’t know” attending the hearing and turned it down.

“At this point, I’ve resolved my matter in the criminal court; I’ve worked to make amends for what I’ve done; I’ve missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened,” Peterson said in a statement issued by the union.

“However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

“I’m sorry for all of this, but I can’t excuse their refusal to be fair.”

Peterson is slated to participate in a grievance hearing Monday before arbitrator Shyam Das.

— Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration paid surprise visits to NFL medical staffs Sunday as part of an investigation into teams’ alleged misuse of prescription drugs.

At least three road teams — the 49ers, Buccaneers and Seahawks — were spot-checked after their games to determine if they were following the law. Former players accused teams of pushing prescription drugs on players in an effort to keep them on the field, without regard for players’ long-term health.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots mocked after highlighting racist tweeter 11.14.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNH at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Hampden-Sydney vs. Coast Guard, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Presbyterian at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: N.C. Central at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Auburn, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Colombia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ attempt to highlight their 1 millionth Twitter follower backfired spectacularly Thursday evening when they tweeted out a racial slur.

A person who used a Twitter handle with the N-word (with IHATE before it) tweeted the Pats in an effort to get a retweet. The Patriots tweeted at the individual: Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.

They also included an image of a Patriots jersey with the offensive tag listed where a player’s name would be, along with a handwritten note from Rob Gronkowski thanking Patriots Nation for becoming the first NFL team with a million followers.

The team eventually deleted the tweet, writing: “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Out filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.

That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from taking shots at the team.

Wrote @JesseBealJr: Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower! #1 MillionPatriots.

Added @AndrewLucksHead: Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?

— The hearing regarding Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL is scheduled for Monday, with veteran arbiter Shyam Das slated to hear the sides speak via conference call.

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NFL to begin reviewing potential suspension for Adrian Peterson 11.07.14 at 11:29 am ET
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While Ray Rice‘s appeal hearing with a third-party arbiter has concluded, the NFL is just starting to look into a possible punishment for running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson was able to avoid jail time on Tuesday when he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge. Instead of going to jail, Peterson was fined $4,000 and will have to complete 80 hours of community service and go through parenting classes.

While the NFL reviews the incident and decides on a possible suspension, Peterson will remain on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. There isn’t a specific deadline for the NFL to complete Peterson’s review.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Thursday saying that Peterson should be able to get a a hearing like Rice’s before a final decision is made.

“Our union worked with the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian’s representatives on a mutual agreement pending the adjudication of his legal case,” the NFLPA’s statement said. “Now that his legal matter is resolved, we believe it is Adrian’s right to be treated in a manner that is consistent with similar cases under our collective bargaining agreement. We will pursue any and all remedies if those are breached.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fan flies plane over practice calling for GM John Idzik’s job 11.06.14 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Oilers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Devils at Blues, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Spurs at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Browns at Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (NFL; WEEI-FM)
College football: Clemson at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Norfolk State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Tripoli, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Lille at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A plane flew over Jets practice Wednesday towing a banner that read “Fire John Idzik.” The plane circled the field for about 20 minutes, while Idzik and owner Woody Johnson were in attendance.

According to the New York Daily News, at one point Idzik and Johnson stood by coach Rex Ryan and shared a laugh, though it was not clear if they were joking about the plane.

Ryan later said Idzik did not appear to be “overly upset,” but “I personally don’t think it’s appropriate.”

MASHUP POLL: Was Wednesday's stunt at Jets practice inappropriate?

  • No, Idzik has been terrible and the fans have a right to express their frustration like this (74%, 560 Votes)
  • Yes, that's taking it too far and embarrassing the team and its fans (26%, 194 Votes)

Total Voters: 754

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Jets players expressed disappointment with the stunt.

“It’s annoying,” receiver Eric Decker said. “You’re trying to practice … and then you see something that becomes a distraction, and then there’s a whole bunch of negative thoughts just going through your head. Now everybody’s attention is up in the sky as opposed to on the practice field.”

Added quarterback Michael Vick: “It’s like, kick a man when he’s down. We understand, people do that. Some people want to see other people suffer. … I think that was a bit extreme. The money they spent on jet fuel could’ve been given to some type of charity.”

The folks at the FireJohnIdzik website, who raised money to take out billboards near MetLife Stadium calling for the general manager to be dismissed, tweeted that they did not fund the plane. Read their tweet: This is not our plane but we endorse it.

The owner of the plane told the Daily News his company was approached about a week ago and said the woman behind it did not want to be identified but that she is a “frustrated” longtime Jets fan.

— Controversial Knicks guard J.R. Smith received his first punishment of the 2014-15 season after punching Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. in the groin during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at Madison Square Garden, a 98-83 Washington win.

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Michael McCann on D&C: Adrian Peterson plea deal ‘makes me think he’s going to come back pretty soon’ 11.05.14 at 10:58 am ET
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Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal analyst and University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the Adrian Peterson plea deal. To hear the interview, go the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Peterson entered a no-contest plea in his case for reckless assault on his son, which will allow the running back to avoid going to jail. The hosts wondered how Peterson could easily escape punishment from the law for this incident.

“Under Texas law, it’€™s pretty permissive in terms of parental discipline of children,” McCann said. “And these are among the hardest cases to bring in a state like Texas. I have a feeling that there are different motivations at stake. And one of them was that the prosecution knew that there was a good chance Peterson would be found not guilty. So they themselves get a benefit by the fact that he is now pleaded guilty to a crime, albeit a misdemeanor. So I have a feeling that played a role as well.”

Now that it is known that Peterson will not head to jail, the talk is centered on if the league will allow him to return to the field. Whether commissioner Roger Goodell suspends Peterson or not is up in the air.

“I have a feeling they’ve already talked about this,’€ McCann said. “And the fact that Peterson agreed to a deal makes me think he’€™s going to come back pretty soon. And I think the one sort of plausible way of looking at this from the NFL’€™s perspective is to give him an eight-game suspension, but give him time served for the eight games that he’€™s already missed. And then make him pay for those eight games. Just write a check to the NFL charity for $6 million.”

Continued McCann: “Roger Goodell doesn’t need another headache. He doesn’t need another legal challenge to his penalty. He is in the most compromised state of his career as the NFL commissioner. I think he’€™s going to want to cut a deal himself to have this go in a way that Peterson isn’t going to challenge it.”

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Dan Wetzel on D&C: ‘People who vehemently defend Adrian Peterson’ most shocking part of case at 10:36 am ET
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Dan Wetzel

Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the latest on the Adrian Peterson situation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Peterson entered a no-contest plea on Tuesday in the case over the reckless assault of his son. The plea deal will allow the Vikings star to avoid jail time. Wetzel said this incident would have been a difficult one if it went to trial.

“I understood the challenge down there [in Texas], and that’s if this thing went to a jury trial, there was no guarantee there was going to be a conviction,” Wetzel said. “And that’s really the attitude of the charges. It’s hard to look from afar and tell a prosecutor in Texas, particularly that county in Texas and that prosecutor who is anything but an easygoing person, that they went too easy on someone. That’s the way it works, but I would’ve preferred something.”

In Wetzel’s column this week, he said the NFL should allow Peterson to return to the field. Instead of suspending Peterson, Wetzel said the league could use the running back to speak out against such domestic violence.

Said Wetzel: “Obviously he would have to be cooperative on that. They can suspend him, or it can be part of it. But I think part of it, of his punishment, and I think what the NFL should do, is say, ‘How can we prevent the next child abuse?’ To me, the most shocking part of the story is not the actual abuse he put down. … It’s the number of people who vehemently defend Adrian Peterson and say, ‘This is exactly how parents should raise their kids. This is exactly this is the right way to do it.’ And particularly in certain communities and areas of the country where it’s even more prevalent.

“To me, to just sit there and say, ‘Let’s ban Adrian Peterson for life, let’s throw him out of the league, let’s try to take $5 million from a wealthy man,’ whatever it is. That doesn’t really help when I think Adrian Peterson has made some of his statements of understanding now what seems pretty obvious to many of us that whipping a 4-year-old the way he did with a tree branch isn’t effective. Neither effective, and it’s a damaging way to raise children.”

Continued Wetzel: “He’s given statements that he understands a great deal more that he’s taken some anger management and parenting classes. My idea is use this guy to get out and do workshops in the community. Use him as PSA. The NFL does PSA all of the time on their network that you just glaze over. If they’re talking about real issues, maybe it generates discussions that men generally aren’t going to have.”

Some of the issue, according to Wetzel, is that Peterson thought he was doing the right thing that any good father would do.

“He’s not a good father at all. But he thinks he is,” Wetzel said. “And that’s the problem. He’s acknowledging what he’s doing in real-time text messages to the mom and saying, ‘I’ve just got to keep that whupping and this how we discipline and he’s acting up.’ He absolutely thinks he’s doing the right thing. … Adrian Peterson believes he loves his son, absolutely.”

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Vikings players supportive of possible Adrian Peterson return at 9:38 am ET
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Despite all of the legal issues Adrian Peterson has battled over the last two months, many his Vikings teammates still support him.

The running back, who was indicted in September for reckless assault for injuring his son with a tree branch, pleaded no contest during his Tuesday hearing. The plea will allow him to avoid any jail time.

Vikings players have been in contact with Peterson since he’s been off the field and on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. A number of them admitted Tuesday that they would welcome Peterson back to the team this year.

“We all know the kind of person he is,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “We’ve stood behind him this whole time. You’d be crazy not to welcome him back into that locker room. It would be a big pickup for this locker room being we have so many young guys.”

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater added that Peterson would have no trouble returning to Minnesota.

“He’s a guy that everyone loves around here in that locker room,” Bridgewater said. “If he does come back, I’m pretty sure everyone will take him in with welcome arms.”

In the end, though, league officials will have the final say on if Peterson is reinstated.

“We would review the matter, including the court record, and the commissioner would make a determination,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We cannot provide a timetable.”

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Report: Adrian Peterson to avoid jail time with plea deal 11.04.14 at 12:30 pm ET
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According to ESPN, Adrian Peterson, will avoid jail time following being charged with felony child abuse two months ago after reportedly whipping his 4-year-old son, leaving bruises all over his body. The Vikings running back will enter a plea to one misdemeanor count of reckless assault.

Pro Football Talk added, the plea will not include reference to family violence or violence against a minor. Also, if the agreement is accepted by Judge Kelly Case, Peterson will pay a $2,000 fine, be placed on probation and perform 80 hours of community service.

Since Peterson is on the commissioner’s exempt list, only commissioner Roger Goodell can reinstate him.

Peterson played in one game this season, before being indicted in early September.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use 10.10.14 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

MASHUP POLL: Should Adrian Peterson go to jail for using marijuana while on bond?

  • Yes, if he breaks the rules he should be treated like everyone else (66%, 121 Votes)
  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

— Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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