Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 7/9/12
HOUSTON -- Adrian Peterson's reputation will not go quietly into the night. The Minnesota Vikings running back, who was arrested and charged with resisting arrest early Saturday morning at a Houston night club, has hired Rusty Hardin for legal representation. You probably remember Hardin as the guy who successfully defended Roger Clemens in his perjury trial, and you probably know what this means. The Houston Police Department is about to find out Adrian Peterson doesn't go down easy. According to HPD spokesman Keith Smith, an officer working an extra job at a downtown Houston nightclub called Bayou Club twice told Peterson the club was closed and asked him to leave. The second time around, 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 confusing part of the story for most people has been that the only charge against Peterson was for resisting arrest, which begs an obvious question: Resisting what arrest? Resisting his arrest for resisting arrest? This was how Smith explained it. "Say he hadn't resisted," Smith said. "The officer would detain Peterson, call the district attorney, tell them what happened and decide whether any charges would be accepted, whether it would be assault on a police officer and decide what charges there would be, if any. That couldn't happen because Peterson was struggling with the officer. Once he was in handcuffs the DA was called." Peterson, though Hardin, tells a different story. "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," Hardin said. "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." A message left Monday for the district attorney by FOX Sports Houston was not returned. The resisting arrest charge is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning Peterson could have resolved the matter in relative quiet. He has a clean record and would likely face only a fine up to 4,500. But Peterson's spotless image has helped make him one of the NFL's most marketable stars, and he's willing to stand on a stump and bang some pots and pans together to call attention to what he says is a bogus charge, while reminding everybody that he's a good guy. "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," Hardin said. "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."
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