Continuing his media blitz Wednesday, the attorney for Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson said his client never pushed or hit a police officer; rather a police officer allegedly hit him.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, toldThe Dan Patrick Show that he doesn't quite understand why Peterson was charged with resisting arrest when the Houston police department hasn't said what crime Peterson committed to deserve an arrest in the first place.
"That's because there wasn't anything to arrest him for," Hardin told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, who pinch-hosted for Patrick. "He wasn’t doing anything to merit an arrest."
Hardin, who represented Roger Clemens in his recent perjury case, made similar statements on Tuesday to Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network's NFL Total Access.
"The initial reports were clearly wrong as to what happened," Hardin told Siciliano.. "He wasn't refusing to leave; he was leaving when he was placed under arrest."
The New York Times says that the Pro Bowl running back was arrested and taken to jail early Saturday morning after he allegedly pushed an off-duty police officer who was working security at the club.
The officer, whose name was not immediately available, approached the 27-year-old football star, who was talking with a group of people next to the bar, as he began clearing the club, said department spokesman Kese Smith, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The Chronicle continued:
“The officer informed Peterson and the group that the bar was closed and asked them to walk toward the nearest exit,” Smith said.
The officer moved on to inform other patrons of the club’s closing and then returned to Peterson’s group, which was still talking at the bar, Smith said.
The officer again asked Peterson’s group to leave and turned away.
“That’s when Peterson told the officer that the group had heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble,” Smith said.
The officer responded by telling Peterson he was under arrest and asking him to turn around and place his hands behind his back, Smith said. Peterson began yelling at the officer, Smith said.
"He did have some words with a police officer, but not anything that justifies an arrest, and he certainly never did anything physically toward them," Hardin said.
In fact, the opposite is true. Hardin said the only person to suffer physical injury at Live! at Bayou Place club was Peterson, not the off-duty cops who claim the Pro Bowl running back was aggressive with them.
"He was hit a couple of times in the head, up near his eyes, and (he has) bruises there, on his cheekbone," he said. "There was no reason for any officer to be hitting him, which they did."
On Monday, Nelson Peterson, Adrian's father, told the Pioneer Press that Peterson sustained a black eye when his face hit the ground while he was being detained early Saturday at a Houston nightclub. Hardin clarified it's not a serious injury.
"We're talking about bruises," Hardin said. "We're not talking about anything that will affect his ability to play or anything like that."
"The prosecutors are going to have to conclude these charges should never have been filed," USA Today reported.
Houston police declined comment on the details.
"It's now a matter for the courts," police spokesman Kese Smith said, according to the Times.
An initial court appearance is set for Friday.