Vikings RB Peterson arrested for resisting arrest

Posted July 09, 2012 @ 4:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated at 4:35 p.m. EST on Monday, July 9

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday morning in Houston for resisting arrest. 

A search of the Houston Police Department's website shows a July 7 arrest record for an Adrian Lewis Peterson with the Minnesota running back's date of birth (March 21, 1985). The offense was described as "resist arrest / search-unclassif," and bond was listed at $1,000. 

A jail official confirmed for PFW Saturday afternoon that Peterson was brought into custody. He bonded out around 10 a.m., the official said. 

"We are aware of the situation and are gathering more information," Vikings spokesman Bob Hagen told ESPN1500.com in Minneapolis-St. Paul. "At this point, we will have no further comment."

Per 1500ESPN.com, which quoted an account from Houston police spokesperson Kese Smith, Peterson was arrested after allegedly pushing an off-duty police officer working as security at a bar as the officer tried to encourage him to leave the bar after closing time. Smith told 1500ESPN.com that three officers were needed to bring Peterson into custody. The charge Peterson faces is a misdemeanor, Smith told the website. 

"Once placed in handcuffs, Peterson was transported to the Houston Police city jail where he complained of shortness of breath," Smith told 1500ESPN.com. "He was examined by Houston fire department medical personnel who pronounced him to be medically fine."

On Monday, Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith told NFL.com that Peterson would probably end up with a fine because the charge is a misdemeanor. Peterson is due back in court on July 13. Peterson tweeted on Sunday, "Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface."

According to ESPN.com, Peterson hired attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him. Hardin recently defended Roger Clemens against charges Clemens lied to Congress about performance-enhancing drugs.

Hardin released the following statement to multiple media outlets: "Adrian Peterson did not resist arrest this past Saturday morning and any suggestion that he pushed, struck or shoved a Houston Police Officer is a total fabrication. He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor.

"We have been investigating what happened since Saturday afternoon, and it is absolutely clear to me that the charges should not have been filed, and the Bayou Club owes Adrian an apology for having put out a totally false version of what happened. Adrian Peterson does not act the way he has been described in the initial reports, and he did not act that way Saturday morning. He was only in that club for 30 to 40 minutes, was never objectionable to other patrons, and never physically resisted any police officer. Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations. These charges are totally at odds with the way he has conducted himself throughout his career, and he asks that his fans and the public at large reserve judgment until they hear all the facts. Adrian looks forward to his day in court."

Peterson has rushed for 6,752 yards in five seasons with the Vikings. He is working to return from an ACL tear suffered on Dec. 24, 2011.