The Houston Police Department seems to believe that Adrian Peterson’s arrest on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest can be settled rather quickly with a fine.
But it sounds like Peterson doesn’t have any interest in admitting guilt in his nightclub run-in with off-duty cops and paying a fine, not after he hired high-powered attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him in this matter.
The Minnesota Vikings running back is due to make an initial court appearance on Friday and in a statement Hardin provided to Josina Anderson of ESPN, it sounds like the plan is to contest this charge. Hardin asserts that Peterson is actually the victim in this case and that he was hit in the face at least twice without provocation.
“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. “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.”
While the police in Houston might like this case to be resolved in a tidy fashion with Peterson paying a nominal fine, it doesn’t sound like that path appeals to him. We’ll keep an eye on this one as it heads to the court system.
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