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Updated: July 13th, 2012 10:15am
Adrian Peterson says he's '200 percent innocent;' case reset to Aug. 6

Adrian Peterson says he's '200 percent innocent;' case reset to Aug. 6

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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Adrian Peterson's attorney says he did 'nothing' to get arrested
Tom Pelissero chats with Rusty Hardin, who is representing Vikings RB Adrian Peterson in his resisting arrest case.
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Adrian Peterson had his first day in court on Friday morning, but it didn't last long.

Prosecutors agreed to reset the star running back's court date to Aug. 6 -- during the Minnesota Vikings' training camp -- and Peterson's attorney may be hoping the case doesn't even make it that far.

Peterson is charged with resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The star running back told reporters outside the courtroom that he is "200 percent innocent" and didn't initiate contact with anyone early Saturday morning during an altercation at a Houston nightclub.

"I didn't push, shove, touch anything to anyone that night, especially an officer," Peterson said. "I definitely don't have a problem with the Houston P.D. This involves two individual officers that I have an issue with. Once everything is settled and (comes) to a head, the truth will come out."

Peterson and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, arrived early for his initial court hearing on Friday, then left before Judge Natalie Fleming even arrived. Hardin said he wants prosecutors to gather more information.

Harris County District Attorney's Office spokesman David Benzion told The Associated Press both sides met before the hearing and agreed on the delay "to ensure that every relevant witness is heard from. All of this is routine."

The Houston Police Department claims Peterson, 27, shoved an off-duty officer who was working security for the Live! at Bayou Place nightclub and trying to clear out patrons at closing time early Saturday morning.

Hardin has called the shove a fabrication and told 1500 ESPN on Wednesday "the hardest thing that anybody is going to have to explain is, 'What in the hell was the guy being arrested for?' And the answer is, 'nothing."

On Friday, Hardin also repeated his accusation Peterson was struck in the face twice for no apparent reason.

Asked on Wednesday about the timeline of the case going forward, Hardin told 1500 ESPN, "The prosecutors have the discretion to dismiss the case at any time they think it's appropriate. That could be weeks, it could be months, it's just hard to tell. I think most of the courts here try to have these cases set for trial and for consideration within six months from the time the event occurs."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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