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Attorney Rusty Hardin: 'Adrian Peterson did not resist arrest'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Peterson's mugshot is pretty sharp. (HPD)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has -- for now -- said his piece on his arrest in Houston over the weekend. (And some simply prefer to know why he's quoting Winston Churchill.) Now that he's hired high-profile attorney Rusty Hardin, he'll let his legal team do the talking for him.

And Hardin did just that on Monday, releasing a statement saying that Peterson "did not resist arrest" and that the notion that AP went after a police officer "is a total fabrication."

"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 the statement. "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."

If Hardin is correct, it could cause quite a stink because the club and the police allege entirely different circumstances.

And Peterson's father also provided some interesting information to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, saying that the officers involved in the scuffle with Peterson were "very disrespectful" to the running back.

"From what I've gathered, he was very disrespectful to Adrian," Nelson Peterson said.

AP's father was not there at the time of the incident but said he was also confused by the charge, considering that if Adrian pushed the officer in question, he could've been charged with assault as well.

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

There's certainly a lot that's confusing about Peterson's trip into the Bayou Club. It becomes even more muddled with the conflicting accounts of what happened.

Peterson and Hardin are taking a strong stance in fighting the claims of the police and the club, and if they're accurate in their assessment, that's great news. But it may take video, as provided by the club, in order to prove that.

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