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Adrian Peterson lost his appeal and his suspension until at least April 2015 was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Friday.  He hasn’t exhausted all his options yet but he’s so disappointed in the NFL’s disciplinary process that Adrian Peterson considering retirement from the NFL and entering a whole new sports field.

Shay Marie

via ESPN:

In a 60-minute phone interview with ESPN, Peterson said he plans to file a lawsuit against the league, adding he wasn’t sure if he could trust the NFL’s process for reinstatement. If a lawsuit would eventually put the 2012 NFL MVP’s chance for reinstatement at risk, Peterson said he would consider walking away from the game altogether.

“I’ve considered retiring from the NFL,” Peterson said. “I still made $8 million dollars this year. I’ve thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I’m already in. That’s something I’ve been interested in, something I’m involved in. I’ve thought about getting back into that. I’ve thought about going after the Olympics — you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well. I love playing football, don’t get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it’s like, ‘Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do? Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?'”

Peterson said he’s interested in competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes in the Olympics, adding, “I’ve seriously thought about this real hard. I continue to pray about it, but it’s been something that has been heavy, heavy on my heart.