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Updated: November 13th, 2012 1:36pm
Resisting arrest charge dropped in Houston, Adrian Peterson says

Resisting arrest charge dropped in Houston, Adrian Peterson says

by Tom Pelissero
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Adrian Peterson's nightmare in Houston apparently is over.

The Minnesota Vikings' star running back told ESPN on Tuesday prosecutors have dropped the resisting arrest charge stemming from his July arrest at a Houston nightclub.

The Houston Police Department claimed 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 on the morning of July 7.

He had been charged with resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. But Peterson and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, vigorously denied Peterson was the aggressor.

Making a whirlwind media tour, Hardin also claimed Peterson was struck in the face twice for no reason. The case was reset several times and another hearing had been set for this week.

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