HOUSTON Adrian Peterson's reputation off the field apparently is as important to him as his on-field persona.
The hard-nosed Minnesota Vikings running back, who was charged with resisting arrest early Saturday morning at a Houston nightclub, has hired Houston-based attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him.
Hardin recently made headlines for his successful defense of major league pitcher Roger Clemens in a federal perjury trial. And it didn't take Hardin long to make Peterson's case.
According to Houston Police Department spokesman Keith Smith, a uniformed officer working off duty at a downtown Houston nightspot, Bayou Club, twice told Peterson the club was closed and asked him to leave. The second time around, Smith said, Peterson shoved the officer, who then told Peterson he was under arrest. Peterson resisted to the point it took three officers to bring him down, the police spokesman said.
The confusing part of the story for most people has been that the only charge against Pe...