Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/9/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. High-profile attorney Rusty Hardin said the facts presented against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are a "total fabrication" in a released statement on Monday.Peterson, 27, hired Hardin to represent him following Peterson's weekend arrest and charges of resisting arrest following an incident at a Houston area nightclub early Saturday morning. Peterson tweeted Sunday that he was confident the "truth will surface" and Hardin began to present Peterson's case on Monday.In the statement, Hardin says, "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."Police spokesperson Kese Smith said that Peterson shoved an off-duty office working security at a nightclub. Smith said the officer asked Peterson and his group to leave because the club was closing. The officer went to tell other patrons to leave, but Smith said the officer had to return to Peterson's group. According to Smith, Peterson allegedly told the officer he had heard him the first time and pushed the office in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer, who Smith said had revealed himself, told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, Smith said. Peterson began yelling and "assumed an aggressive stance," so another off-duty officer offered help Peterson continued to struggle with both officers until he was handcuffed with the help of a third off-duty officer.But Peterson has a different side to the story and hired Hardin, a Houston-based attorney who recently defended major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in his well-known perjury trial, to represent him.In the statement, Hardin said, "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."Peterson was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable in Texas with up to one year in county jail andor a fine not to exceed 4,000 or up to two years of community supervision.Peterson is scheduled for a hearing on Friday in Harris County court.Peterson's only public response came in a pair of tweets Sunday afternoon."Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface," Peterson wrote on his Twitter page (@AdrianPeterson).He also tweeted a quote from Winston Churchill Sunday, writing on his Twitter page: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' WC" Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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