Updated: July 7th, 2012 12:37pm
Adrian Peterson arrested after allegedly pushing Houston cop

Adrian Peterson arrested after allegedly pushing Houston cop

by Judd Zulgad
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday in Houston and charged with resisting arrest after he allegedly pushed a police officer.

The Houston Chronicle was the first media outlet to report the story.

Peterson was booked into the Houston city jail with bond set at $1,000. He was released at 10:41 a.m. Saturday.

The offense listed for Peterson is "resisting arrest/search unclassified." Under Texas law, this is considered a Class A misdemeanor. No immediate court date was available for Peterson. The charges are handled by the District Attorney's office.

"We are aware of the situation and are gathering more information," said Bob Hagan, director of public relations for the Vikings. "At this point, we will have no further comment."

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier returned home Friday night after spending time this week with current and former NFL coaches visiting U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf as part of a USO tour. He is aware of the situation with Peterson.

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, did not return a text message.

According to the Houston police, Peterson was at the bar with a group of people when an off-duty officer who was working security at the Bayou Live Nightclub in downtown Houston asked them to leave because the establishment was closing. (The officer was in uniform.)

Peterson and his group were asked to leave a second time. After failing to follow instructions, Peterson pushed the officer and then resisted arrest. Two other officers had to help detain him. 

The website Pro Football Talk, meanwhile, reported that a source with knowledge of the events said the incident was captured by at least one surveillance camera and that multiple people also witnessed what happened.

The souce also had a different story than what was in the police report.

According to PFT's source, a group of officers came into the club at closing time and began telling customers they had to leave. Peterson was there with his girlfriend and some family members.

Peterson initially wanted to get some water, was told by an officer he had to leave and exchanged some words with the cop. Peterson, per PFT's source, walked to the exit with one of the bouncers from the club. At that point, it's "believed" an officer jumped on Peterson's back and tried to tackle him. Other officers then got invovled and Peterson was arrested.

Peterson is a native of Palestine, Texas, but spends his offseasons in the Houston area.

He has spent this offseason rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament that he suffered in his left knee on Dec. 24 in Washington. The Vikings appear confident there is a real chance Peterson will be ready to return for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome.

Peterson, who signed a seven-year, $96 million contract last September that includes $36 million in guarantees, is at least the seventh Vikings player to be arrested since the start of 2011.

Fullback Jerome Felton was arrested by Eden Prairie police in early June on a second-degree DWI charge. That made him the third Vikings player in that time period to be arrested on a DUI-related charge.

Defensive end Everson Griffen was arrested twice in a span of three days in January 2011, for public intoxication and felony battery of a police officer. It's unclear if he was ever charged in either case.

Cornerback Chris Cook was arrested for brandishing a weapon in March 2011 and then for felony domestic battery in October. He was acquitted in both cases.

Quarterback Rhett Bomar and safety Tyrell Johnson were arrested for DUI in August and September, respectively. Bomar didn't make the team and Johnson signed with Miami as a free agent in March.

Running back Caleb King was released by the team a day after his April arrest on suspicion of third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm.

Cornerback Benny Sapp received a citation for misdemeanor assault and careless driving after allegedly chest-bumping a hospital security guard in December but wasn't arrested.

Peterson's only previous known incidents with the law involved traffic violations. This included a speeding ticket he got for going 109 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone in Edina while on his way to the team hotel before a home game in 2009. 

Tom Pelissero contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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