Adrian Peterson Decides To Pull Out The Nukes, Hires Rusty Hardin

When the news came down on Saturday afternoon that Minnesota Vikings running back and Houston resident Adrian Peterson had been arrested for resisting arrest at a club at Bayou Place after hours, the Internet did what the Internet does. Half of everyone with an opinion went with the "Spoiled athlete. Probably deserved it. Thug!" response. The other half went with "I'll bet this never would have happened if Jacob Hester was the running back in that club!" outcry.

The truth probably doesn't rest in either of these extremes, but certainly lies closer to one than the other. The things we know at this point, if we are to believe the police report (courtesy of ESPN.com):

Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said Peterson was at a downtown nightclub early Saturday morning when an off-duty Houston police officer working security asked Peterson and a group of people he was with to leave because the club had closed.

Smith said the man identified himself as a police officer. The officer left to tell other patrons to leave the club before returning to Peterson's group again to tell it to leave.

Smith said Peterson turned around and told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Peterson began yelling, pulled away and "assumed an aggressive stance," so another off-duty officer came to help. Peterson continued to struggle with both, according to Smith.

The 27-year-old player finally was handcuffed with the help of a third off-duty officer, Smith said. Peterson complained of shortness of breath after he was taken to a Houston jail and was examined by Houston Fire Department personnel, who said he was OK.

Everyone seems to be in agreement on the beginning and the end of that blockquote. It's the part in bold where the stories diverge. You know, the whole part that is the answer to "What the hell happened out there?!?"

At one point on Saturday, we were promised video footage from the club that would show us the truth, but unfortunately all we got was this chaotic iPhone video that looks like it was shot during the aftershock of an earthquake:

Despite the huge circus-like red arrow letting us know that the large black man in handcuffs was Adrian Peterson (thanks, TMZ!), we learned nothing from that.

Peterson took to Twitter over the weekend, asking everyone to pump the brakes and wait for the truth to come out. And just when we thought that this arrest and subsequent slap on the wrist punishment would die down and fade away...

(Going into Jim Ross mode...)

...GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! THAT'S RUSTY HARDIN'S THEME MUSIC!!

That's right, fresh off of his resounding thumping of the federal government in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, Rusty Hardin is back, hired by Peterson to defend him and restore his innocence.

Hardin came out guns a-blazing today with this statement on what exactly went down on Saturday morning:

"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, hired as Peterson's defense attorney, said in a statement Monday afternoon. "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."

And this:

"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."

And finally this:

"Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations," Hardin said. "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."

As do we, Rusty!

With the Clemens allegations and subsequent trial lasting for almost four years, Rusty Hardin had become a fixture in our daily lives. Thankfully, our Hardin-less world ends up only lasting a few weeks. He is BACK, ladies and gentlemen! The legal world's answer to Winston Wolf, the legal smart bomb, Rusty Hardin!

Adrian Peterson may have been messing around on Saturday night, but he's clearly not messing around with his legal defense.

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The General
The General

Adrian "pushed him on the shoulder causing the officer to stumble"......who was the officer? Barney Fife?

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

rofl chase, it's called resisting arrest, not avoiding arrest. OF COURSE you get arrested.

Rita K. Healey
Rita K. Healey

You rarely see an instance where a police officer tells the truth in a high profile arrest of a black celebrity,..MayorMoney.blogspot.com

Slim
Slim

It was a Friday night

William Pham
William Pham

the cop was off duty (not in uniform). get your facts straight. AP is a stand up guy. give him the benefit of the doubt. cops were probably overzealous.

Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

How the fuck do you get arrested for resisting arrest?

Richard Polk
Richard Polk

I agree with Alma you don’t touch a cop! Period....... especially a Houston Cop!

Pebecca Poberts
Pebecca Poberts

I have known the police officer since he was in elementary school. I know his mother and his grandmother. Popo grew up with my daughter. I believe Popo.

Aggiedoug
Aggiedoug

So if I am the club owner, I need to wait until everyone is ready to leave?  What?  The confrontation exist because drunk ass folks don't know how to act when it's time to go home.  I have managed clubs and closing time sucks because you are the "kill joy" that pulls the plug on the party.  We used to turn on the lights and stop serving an hour prior to close, which made the bar NOTHING!!!  Still no one left until the Cops came through and made everyone go home.    

Aggiedoug
Aggiedoug

Because most club patrons are strapped.  Clubs hire off duty cops for less fights.  Bouncers can throw you out, Cops can arrest your drunk ass.  Most hoods straighten up when someone flashes a badge, unless you are a over-privileged athlete who didn't want to be touched.   

Aggiedoug
Aggiedoug

Those sure didn't look like plain clothes officers...dude is pulling away from the first officer then the second grabs his other arm.  Now he could have been falling over because we was so drunk...allegedly...and officers were trying to steady him.  Whatever the case, why do you need Rusty Hardin for a misdemeanor?

Edie Stavinoha
Edie Stavinoha

So many "likes" to be had in the comments above!

Alma Chavarria
Alma Chavarria

Is this the equivalent of bringing a gun to a knife fight? You do not put your hands on a cop, dude. Not in a club and NEVER in Texas.

Bill Lindamood
Bill Lindamood

Liquid courage bites ya in the ass every time,no matter how big you are

ShitThrowingMonkey
ShitThrowingMonkey

The real story should be why was anybody, much less All Day, at Bayou Place on a Saturday evening???

Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts

I have known Adrian Peterson since he was in elementary school.  I know his mother and his grandmother.  AD grew up with my daughter.  I believe Adrian.

Rocky Alvarado
Rocky Alvarado

Kid has no history of this kind of behavior, seems dead set on clearing his name and he is not fucking around. Remember when people said Rusty was looking like a moron who was going to lose in a national forum in the Clemens case??? How'd that work out?

John Linskey
John Linskey

This was a misdemeanor charge which would not have lead to a suspension. Hiring Rusty Hardin suddenly makes this a way bigger deal... and who doesn't love a circus?

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