Attorney Hardin says Peterson ‘was the victim, not the aggressor’

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by KHOU.com Staff

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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 6:44 PM

HOUSTON—High-profile Houston attorney Rusty Hardin is coming to the defense of Adrian Peterson who was arrested at a downtown club over the weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings running back hired Hardin after being charged with resisting arrest at Live! at Bayou Place early Saturday.

Police say that Peterson took an ‘aggressive stance’ towards off-duty officers when asked to leave the club at closing time. They also accuse Peterson of shoving an officer, causing him to stumble.

"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," said Hardin. "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."

Hardin said the Bayou Club owes Peterson an apology after comments from a manager surfaced alleging that Peterson was drunk, unruly and disrespectful to security officers.

"Adrian Peterson does not act the way he has been described in the initial reports, and he did not act that way Saturday morning," Hardin said. "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."

Aside from the occasional speeding ticket, Peterson has been a model citizen ever since he was drafted by the Vikings in 2007. On a team that has often struggled with players getting arrested or causing trouble off the field, Peterson has taken pride in conducting himself with dignity and representing the franchise in a positive light.

"Thank you for waiting for the facts," Peterson tweeted on Sunday. "Truth will surface."

Peterson is a Texas native who makes his offseason home in Houston.

Peterson has been one of the most dynamic players in the NFL over the last five years and is rehabbing a torn ACL in his left knee in hopes of being ready for the start of the upcoming season.

Hardin represented Roger Clemens in his recent perjury case. Clemens was charged with lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. He was retried this year and found not guilty on all counts.

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