Peterson was arrested and taken to jail in the wee hours of Saturday morning after an altercation at a Houston area nightclub. The police report states that Peterson was taken into custody after he shoved a security guard at the club, who just happened to be an off-duty police officer.
In response to the charges, Peterson has hired a man who has handled his fair share of cases involving high profile athletes. Most recently, Rusty Hardin shepherded Roger Clemens through a series of perjury charges from the Federal government. In the end, the Feds could not produce enough evidence to convince a jury that Clemens had knowingly and willfully lied under oath about taking Steroids or other performance enhancing drugs.
Peterson’s resisting arrest charge a “total fabrication,” and that the club owes Peterson an apology after a manager claimed that Peterson was acting drunk and was rude to several other patrons. Hardin released a statement about the charges saying:
''He (Peterson), 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.''
Other than a few minor speeding tickets, Peterson has never had any real run-ins with the law, making this arrest all the more surprising to NFL fans. The initial hearing on the case is scheduled for Friday, July 13th.