HOUSTON – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appeared in a Houston court early Monday where he said his arrest would not affect the upcoming football season.
Peterson, a Texas native who makes his offseason home in Houston, faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest related to a scuffle with police at a downtown bar in early July.
With high-profile attorney Rusty Hardin at his side, the NFL star’s case was reset to Sept. 27 and Nov. 15.
“The state wants a little more time to investigate and talk to witnesses, and obviously we’ve agreed to that,” said Hardin outside the courtroom.
Hardin refused to answer any further questions, but he and Peterson appeared calm and confident, even occasionally laughing with bystanders outside the courtroom.
When asked if his arrest would affect the upcoming football season, Peterson simply said, “oh no.”
It was early July when police said Peterson took an “aggressive stance” toward off-duty officers when they asked him to leave the club at closing time. They accused Peterson of shoving an officer, causing him to stumble. Police said it took three officers to take Peterson into custody.
Hardin later said Peterson “was the victim, not the aggressor.”
He also said the Bayou Club owed Peterson an apology after comments from a manager surfaced alleging that Peterson was drunk, unruly and disrespectful to security officers.
Peterson took his defense to the public via Twitter.
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on,” Peterson tweeted. “Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface.”