As one of the NFL’s premier running backs, Adrian Peterson has made a living running around, over and through would-be tacklers. But his latest evasive technique will land him in a Houston courtroom Friday.
Peterson tweeted a famous Winston Churchill quote: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” He added “Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface.”
According to an ESPN report, Peterson has hired high-profile attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him in court. Hardin has previously represented athletes including Warren Moon, Wade Boggs, Scottie Pippen and, most recently, Roger Clemens.
According to Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith, a group including Peterson arrived at a Houston nightclub where an off-duty police officer working security asked them to leave because the club was closed. When the off-duty officer returned to Peterson’s group, identified himself as a police officer and asked them to leave a second time, Peterson said he’d heard him the first time and shoved him in the shoulder, causing the officer to stumble.
The officer told Peterson he was under arrest, at which point Peterson began yelling, pulled away and, in Smith’s words, “assumed an aggressive stance.” Only after two more officers arrived were they able to handcuff Peterson, who resisted their attempts. Peterson, 27, was later released on a $1,000 bond and faces a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest.
Vikings spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday the Vikings “are aware of the situation and are gathering more information.”
Peterson’s 2011 season was cut short when he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee on Dec. 24. He had run for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns before that point, but failed to eclipse 1,200 yards for the first time in five years.
The Vikings went 3-13 last season and failed to win a game against the the NFC North.