Adrian Peterson 'the victim,' lawyer says

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested for resisting arrest Saturday at a Houston...

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested for resisting arrest Saturday at a Houston nightclub. (CHRIS KEANE/Reuters file photo)

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Adrian Peterson was actually "the victim" in a weekend incident that led to him being arrested by police in Houston, his attorney said Monday.

The Minnesota Viking running back was arrested for resisting arrest Saturday at a Houston nightclub and spent the night in jail before being released on a $1,000 bond. He allegedly pushed an off-duty cop who was working as security at the bar.

But Rusty Hardin, the high-profile lawyer hired by Peterson, said his client was smacked around by the cops during the incident.

"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," Hardin said in a statement to ESPN. "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.

"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."

The star running back's father, Nelson Peterson, told the Pioneer Press the off-duty cop who was allegedly pushed used "vulgar language" and was "disrespectful" during the incident.

"The officer said (Peterson) pushed him, shoved him, then why is he not charged with assault?" Nelson said. "Only charged with resisting arrest. Doesn't make sense. Adrian has a high regard for people in the military and the officers that help protect us."

Peterson, who is due back in court on Friday, will likely end up with a fine because the charge he's facing is a misdemeanor, Houston cops told NFL.com.


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