Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to be represented by Rusty Hardin, due in court Friday

Houston police released Adrian Peterson's booking photo Monday morning

July 9, 2012 3:20:18 PM PDT
Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson is expected in a Houston courtroom this Friday on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Peterson was arrested at a downtown club when he allegedly shoved an officer who told him and a group of friends to leave just after 2am Saturday. Police say Peterson started yelling at the time of his arrest

Investigators say it took three officers to arrest him.

Meanwhile, Peterson released a statement through Twitter that reads: "Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface."

Peterson is being represented by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin. He released a statement Monday which read:

    "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. 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."


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