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Police claim Adrian Peterson pushed off-duty officer

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The Houston Police Department says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pushed an off-duty officer before he was arrested for resisting arrest at a downtown bar early this morning.

Department spokesman Kese Smith told the Houston Chronicle that Peterson got into an argument with the officer, who was working an extra job at the bar.

The officer informed Peterson and the group that the bar was closed and asked them to walk toward the nearest exit,” Smith said.

When the officer repeated his request, “That’s when Peterson told the officer that the group had heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble,” Smith said.

The police say it took three officers to handcuff Peterson. When he was taken to jail he complained of shortness of breath and was examined by the Houston Fire Department but was found to be fine.

The manager of the bar told TMZ that Peterson was very drunk and a difficult customer all night.

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  1. vikefan284296 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    Drunk and still took 3 officers to take him down?

  2. holdsteady76 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    Did they identify themselves as off duty police officers? Or did he just appear to be some dude in a T shirt.

    Wow, a grown man drunk in a bar – the nerve…

  3. marionbarber24isgod says: Jul 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Come on Adrian, your so much more of an athlete then all these other clowns getting arrested. You shouldn’t have let it happen. Drunk or not, you can still make your own choices. This one is on you.

  4. marcinhouston says: Jul 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    I wonder why the manager of the bar doesn’t want to contradict the police and give them a reason to hassle his customers every day from this day forward until the bar goes out of business, its like this manager is in it all for the money. But, hopefully the video will come out and show the truth one way or the other.

  5. jokendave says: Jul 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    No one is perfect, just let it slide. He is under alot of pressure(Mostly his own). But he is still human. Nothing to get alarmed about. His ethics and morals are still good.

  6. mrphootball says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    This isn’t Minn/St.Paul mr peterson

  7. skeetys says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Put your hands on me and I don’t give two $#%!s who you are if you’re not in uniform. Stupid cops should know when they aren’t working, don’t screw with the toughest man in the world. Especially one trying to keep himself from being injured more with the ACL. Cops are losers who wish they could have been bullies in school but settled for being a bully in their old pathetic age.

  8. albristo says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    If Vilma can get suspended for a year for tackling opposing players, what is Goodell going to do to Peterson?

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    If this is true, I hope he takes responsibility for it and doesn’t try to make excuses. This isn’t the way for a grown man to behave. Except in Wisconsin.

  10. mikeyhorse says: Jul 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    The tape shows him pushing the officer?

  11. wangoshiancoe says: Jul 7, 2012 5:41 PM

    AP is ready to ball!

  12. bigbadal21 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:44 PM

    It is against the law for a bar to serve a person who is drunk. Why wasn’t anyone who worked at the bar arrested?

  13. qdog112 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    I bet he wasn’t so difficult a customer, that the bar owner refused his money. I’ll even bet that the bar owner never asked him to leave.

  14. hedleykow says: Jul 7, 2012 5:47 PM

    Handcuffs & jail is definitely overkill. A 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness would have been fine.

  15. chazzmon says: Jul 7, 2012 5:47 PM

    Off duty officer, was AP supposed to know that? Seems like some facts still need to be uncovered.

  16. gettingpwned says: Jul 7, 2012 5:48 PM

    sounds like this cop had a beef with AP tbh. arrested for pushing someone in the back of the shoulder? seriously? talk about over reacting.

    it’s not like it was dwi or dui or anything. sounds like someone’s ego got bruised in front of some girls & wanted AP to respect his authoritah.

  17. dkphilly1122 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:50 PM

    Off duty cop isn’t a cop on duty, so why does he get special privileges. So what AP pushed him and he fell. Wouldn’t we all fall if AP pushed us?? He’s a beast. The cop was off duty, his fault. That’s no reason to be arrested. The owner is dumb too and gonna lose a boatload of money now I’m sure too from people like AP not going there. Suckers.

  18. wtfchiefs says: Jul 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    vikefan284296 says:
    Jul 7, 2012 5:30 PM
    Drunk and still took 3 officers to take him down?

     ——————–/————————————-
    Have you ever seen Adrian Peterson before? Pretty sure It would take at least 2 men to take him down when he’s sleeping.

  19. razic3k says: Jul 7, 2012 5:53 PM

    Something seems fishy here. To resist attest, it seems like you should be told that you are being arrested.

    What I’m reading here is that he shoved an off duty police officer who told him he needs to go to an exit. Did he identify himself as a cop?

    How is that resisting arrest? At what point is he under arrest to resist arrest?

  20. bullcharger says: Jul 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    How can you resist arrest if you aren’t being arrested for anything? Shouldn’t there be an assult charge or something?

  21. saintsfan26 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    “Guilty until proven innocent” Roger Goodell

  22. jagwar73 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    Sounds like the police officers involved were trying to harass/embarrass Adrian to me. Walking to the door? Let the man leave!

  23. thepurp1 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:55 PM

    Being a cop myself, don’t you have to be arrested for something other than resisting in order to resist arrest? Just saying, maybe different in Texas.

  24. chazzmon says: Jul 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    If this happened in Oklahoma the cops probably would have drove him home. Ok I’m only partly serious.

  25. spacecop213 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    Off duty cop usually means that he isn’t ‘on duty’ and isn’t getting paid by the city or county he works for. If he was working the bar then he was probably getting paid by the bar and essentially ‘off duty’. Not 100% sure if this is the case here but hope this helps clarify a little bit.

  26. fdugrad says: Jul 7, 2012 6:00 PM

    Lets go to the video tape!!

  27. reason35 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:01 PM

    Wow – just read the TMZ article.

    I’m a criminal defense lawyer and this guy is GUILTY. This is not about money, the bar manager can’t sue AP for money, this is a criminal case and its obvious what happened. AP can’t handle his liquor, he tried to throw his weight around, he got out of control. I’ve read thousands of police reports and I’d be shocked if anything drastically different comes out.

    Additionally, think about this – if the officer KNEW it was AP would he want all the hassle and garbage that came with a WRONGFUL Resisting charge? No way – this has teeth legally IMHO. However, if AP has no record he’ll get a reduced charge and some community service and its over.

  28. brenenostler says: Jul 7, 2012 6:03 PM

    @ marcinhouston

    Probably because that’s what really happened. If he did contradict the officers, you’d probably be saying “Oh he said that because it’s Adrian Peterson and he’s above the law.”

  29. monkeyhateclean says: Jul 7, 2012 6:04 PM

    razic3k says: Jul 7, 2012 5:53 PM

    How is that resisting arrest? At what point is he under arrest to resist arrest?

    ____________________

    He was probably under arrest the moment he allegedly pushed the cop. And when it took 3 more of them to get him in handcuffs, that probably what they are calling “resisting”.

    I’ll wait for the video to decide.

  30. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    Off duty officer, was AP supposed to know that? Seems like some facts still need to be uncovered.

    ***************

    Wether he was an off duty officer or not, AP shouldn’t have pushed him. That’s assault.

    Now we just have to determine who pushed who first…..

  31. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    Sounds like Adrian was in the wrong for getting too drunk, not leaving when he was supposed to, and shoving the bouncer (off-duty cop). The cop was wrong to overreact. Did he really need to be tackled? Show the guy your badge and tell him to leave.

  32. floridascuba1 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:06 PM

    Why is an off duty cop moon lighting as a bouncer at the bar? Conflict of interest it would seem.

  33. ravenmuscle says: Jul 7, 2012 6:07 PM

    So what else is new… a drunken football player in a bar at 2:00 am getting involved with an altercation with the management, bouncers, or the cops when told to leave for being loud or disorderly.

    Hopefully another fine or suspension to be handed down by Goodell.

    These idiots are just stupid…keep hitting them in their wallets.

    Too bad he didn’t re-injure his ACL.

  34. njsteelersfan says: Jul 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    Did the off-duty officer say he’s a cop ? Why wasn’t he charged with assault in the first place then ? Before the can charge you with resisting arrest you need to be under arrest and they said he was walking out I can beat this case even without a lawyer . Its a buch of cops who are Cowgirl fans

  35. dbones750 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    By commenting, this bar owner is asking for no high-profile people to come there ever again.

  36. whatevnfl says: Jul 7, 2012 6:12 PM

    Obvi this cop had Adrian Peterson on his fantasy team last year and lost in the playoffs.

  37. njsteelersfan says: Jul 7, 2012 6:13 PM

    albristo says:Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    If Vilma can get suspended for a year for tackling opposing players, what is Goodell going to do to Peterson?
    ————————————————–
    So what are you saying Petteron was a paid hitman on the cop like Vilma was on other the players ?

  38. jimbo75025 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    spacecop213 says:
    Jul 7, 2012 5:59 PM
    Off duty cop usually means that he isn’t ‘on duty’ and isn’t getting paid by the city or county he works for. If he was working the bar then he was probably getting paid by the bar and essentially ‘off duty’.
    ————

    Correct, but the operative question is if the guy was in uniform or not. Most PD’s limit the types of businesses officers can do extra jobs in uniform and bars are usually prohibited.

  39. reclinerqb says: Jul 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    “Bar Manager” not owner said he was drunk & difficult? Then why didn’t you quit serving him or ask him to leave? Off-Duty cop working there for extra $$ is a regular D-Bag bouncer like the others and gets no special privileges or treatment, especially if he never identifies himself a an officer (even if he does, will it matter?).

    I bet the bar owner is going to be mad (I would fire the manager & the off-duty cop) because if I am a professional athlete and in Houston I am not buying my overpriced drinks from that bar ever again! I want to be taken care of and not harassed by D-Bag bouncers and cops!

  40. phinfan527 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    Jail time for you and me. Sure a slap on the wrist is coming. Hopefully an example will be set and he gets his butt handed to him. AP you aren’t any better than anybody else. You deserve to be suspended.

  41. lks311 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    Okay, Lions’ fans have been taking a beating over the second year players’ antics this off season…many of the comments coming from Viking fans. I just want to say that we now know this can happen on any team to any player. I’m going to take the high road and hope Adrian is eventually vindicated.

    Aw, who am I kidding…All Day should know better and to all those Viking fans that weighed in on the Lions problems. Ha! What goes around…comes around.

  42. stairwayto7 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    8 game suspension after he is cleared to play and must go on Dr. Drew rehab!

  43. Joe says: Jul 7, 2012 6:19 PM

    Pigs reserve the right to ruin anyone’s life.

  44. scytherius says: Jul 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    Yeah. Riiiiiight. If you believe the cops email me as I’m selling this bridge.

  45. veence69 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    I’ve routinely handed out bottles/glasses of water to guests leaving my bar – it’s not a big deal. Bar close is at 2 where I am and we’re obligated to have all drinks cleared and guests out of the club by 2:15. Speaking from years of experience, me thinks this bouncer/off-duty has little man syndrome and the uniformed officers went in the club looking for any reason to take out their deep-seeded aggression on a citizen.

    Happens every weekend, at every bar/club, in every city. This time it just happened to involve an NFL star.

  46. folkcrusader says: Jul 7, 2012 6:25 PM

    Sounds like a cop who got shown up man to man and then had to flash his badge to get taller.

    The DA won’t touch this. They will shut up for a month and quietly drop it.

  47. coin4me says: Jul 7, 2012 6:27 PM

    I think most of you are missing the point here. I doesn’t matter that the guy was an “off duty” cop. What matters is a drunk AP was showing his butt and pushing employees of the bar around. What makes it worse for him is the employee was actually an “off duty” cop that didn’t let him get away with it.

  48. enikville says: Jul 7, 2012 6:28 PM

    They should have just went for the knee if they wanted him down. At least that is what Gregg Williams would have done…

  49. larryboodry says: Jul 7, 2012 6:29 PM

    skeetys says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Put your hands on me and I don’t give two $#%!s who you are if you’re not in uniform. Stupid cops should know when they aren’t working, don’t screw with the toughest man in the world. Especially one trying to keep himself from being injured more with the ACL. Cops are losers who wish they could have been bullies in school but settled for being a bully in their old pathetic age.
    _________________________

    Of all the idiotic anti-police, pro-AP comments on here, this is by far the worst.

    Stupid AP should know not to commit assault while drunk, and then expect a free pass because he plays football for a living…And toughest man in the world? I’d vote for any cop or firefighter in that regard before I’d vote for an athlete…Just sayin’.

  50. mattolikesthevikes says: Jul 7, 2012 6:30 PM

    Houston better hire some ex nfl defensive lineman to work in these bars then. Imagine if he was sober. Would’ve mowed them all over.

    I guess the next time I push someone I better hope they are not an off duty police officer or else I’m toast.

  51. jskill3 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:31 PM

    Sounds like Adrian got drunk, and acted like an ass. Been there, done that myself. Sounds like they gave him a very minor charge ($1,000 bond.) Sounds like he apologized. Now he’s probably sober. Ho-Hum.

    P.S. – what’s all this bent out of shape attitude over an off duty cop? The part time help should not be physically shoved for asking Adrian to leave after closing time….. no matter what their other job is.

  52. wpcgllc says: Jul 7, 2012 6:32 PM

    What a mess, I am Goodell will over-insert himself somehow for the well being of the NFL.

  53. txtuff says: Jul 7, 2012 6:33 PM

    Everybody thinking the cop wasn’t in uniform is dead wrong. They are in uniform working a extra job at the club, they are in most clubs in Houston. This isn’t a case of AP not knowing he was a cop. He was doing his job telling him to leave when the bar closes.

  54. coin4me says: Jul 7, 2012 6:33 PM

    I’m a huge fan but am also a little disappointed with AP. People say oh well it’s no big deal, right? Well, I’ve never been arrested at a bar and 10 times out of 10 I’m thinking the guy who is being arrested is a douche bag.

  55. bosshoghussla says: Jul 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    Strongly doubt @reason35 is an attorney of any kind.

    If so…PLEASE disclose the State where you are licensed so the rest of us can avoid that State at all costs, thus avoiding any freak chance you may end up representing us.

    Your fine legal analysis was presented as eloquently as an Adam Sandler monologue.

  56. kennyrogerschicken says: Jul 7, 2012 6:37 PM

    Gotta love the 2am drunken bar skirmish.

  57. SilentMajority says: Jul 7, 2012 6:40 PM

    What football league is everyone watching that they think AP couldn’t be guilty? The one where Michael Vick loves dogs, OJ had a threesome with his wife, Braylon Edwards is head of MADD, and Ray Lewis was only playing “catch the bullet” from the backseat of his limo? That football league? Because this is nothing more than par for the course, for the NFL that I have been watching…

  58. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 7, 2012 6:40 PM

    This whole thing is going end with an apology from the Huston PD and no action taken by the NFL. His lawyers are probably already taking to the PD about just that and the officers involved are probably being “reminded” about proper procedures.

  59. monkeyhateclean says: Jul 7, 2012 6:40 PM

    floridascuba1 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:06 PM

    Why is an off duty cop moon lighting as a bouncer at the bar? Conflict of interest it would seem.

    ________________________

    Hiring off-duty police for security is a very common practice. In fact, its much cheaper to pay them while their off-duty than to contract with the city and pay their police salaries.

    Most of the time, they can even wear their uniforms and sidearms, so they are recognized as police. Its much more of a deterrent than mere bouncers.

  60. schmitty2 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:44 PM

    Peterson was taught “stiffarming” is a legal practice

  61. spacecop213 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:45 PM

    @jimbo. I guess that depends on the agency. Ours here prohibits officers from not being in uniform while working an extra job. But I’m in Florida so Houston may be different. Either way he shouldn’t have pushed anyone, cop or not.

  62. billybatty says: Jul 7, 2012 6:53 PM

    Big deal. Ain’t like he went all Vince Young on the dude.

  63. damaddhatter29 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:54 PM

    Good thing he didn’t have a beer in hand, he’d probably fumble it.

  64. skolvikes1 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:02 PM

    There’s one major flaw here: if Adrian was so drunk, why wasn’t charged with disorderly conduct? Or why wasn’t he charged with assault of a police officer? Why just the resisting arrest?

    It seems as if the cops had it out for Adrian. And it seems like the Bar manager is just trying to save his bars reputation by making up stories.

  65. tatum064 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:06 PM

    I’m betting it was some Texas-Oklahoma rivalry. They know damn well who he is. same crap happened when someone did the upside down hook em horns to Vince Young (a known diss among Longhorn fans).

    hopefully, there’s video footage, and thank bar tender for having AP’s back , by not saying anything like “Thats OK, he’s a regular here” – slightly a little more bravado is involved.

  66. veence69 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:06 PM

    damaddhatter29 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:54 PM

    Good thing he didn’t have a beer in hand, he’d probably fumble it.

    _____________________

    This would have been a clever dig two years ago (Not really, but at least it would have been relevant).

  67. stellarperformance says: Jul 7, 2012 7:09 PM

    For a high-profile guy like him, nothing good happens in bars after midnight. He’s a veteran. He should know better. He’s seems to be venting frustration from the knowledge he’ll never be the same runner again.

  68. nyjalleffingday says: Jul 7, 2012 7:09 PM

    “Waaaah, I’m not in uniform so it’s not readily apparent that I’m with the police, I’m surrounded by 3 of my buddies armed with firearms and other devices designed to incapacitate suspects, and I have the full backing of a corrupt system that has my back, no matter how badly I do my job, but he PUSHED me!”

  69. ubpinaz says: Jul 7, 2012 7:10 PM

    Biggest problem here is the completely contradictory stories. Waiting until the video footage comes out because as of now it’s impossible to know what really happened since one account says words were exchanged and then AP peacefully started walking out with a bouncer (off-duty cop, or someone else?) before an officer jumped on his back, and now this.

    Anyone rushing to conclusions at this point is jumping the gun. I’m just dumbfounded at resisting arrest being the only charge if, in fact, he had “assaulted” the off-duty officer.

  70. randallflagg52 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:13 PM

    skeetys says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Put your hands on me and I don’t give two $#%!s who you are if you’re not in uniform. Stupid cops should know when they aren’t working, don’t screw with the toughest man in the world. Especially one trying to keep himself from being injured more with the ACL. Cops are losers who wish they could have been bullies in school but settled for being a bully in their old pathetic age.

    ==================================

    Look out, we’ve got another internet tough guy!

    Calling cops losers is pretty disrespectful and narrow minded also. Don’t do dumb things and cops won’t “bully” you.

  71. onbucky96 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    Don’t you know who I am? Sorry, just saw Irvin on TV and thought about the good ‘ol days. Will he get a police escort for AP day this year?

  72. saintsfan26 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:22 PM

    An anonymous source from the bar has revealed a bar receipt which was ripped in half with the word “Henne” on it. At the bottom of the receipt it shows “7.58” which is referring to a bounty on QB Chad Henne. Roger Goodell is investigating if Peterson had a bounty on Henne. Peterson claims it said “Hennessy”. Goodell will make his ruling soon, stay tuned.

  73. matt2calvin says: Jul 7, 2012 7:23 PM

    folkcrusader says:
    Jul 7, 2012 6:25 PM
    Sounds like a cop who got shown up man to man and then had to flash his badge to get taller.

    The DA won’t touch this. They will shut up for a month and quietly drop it.

    Could not be more wrong…

    The DA is up for re-election in a few months – he needs this high profile case to help him in the polls. This will not be brushed under the rug…

  74. darthhitman77 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:25 PM

    If he shoved him it doesn’t matter if it was a cop, on duty, off duty or anything else as shoving = assault.

  75. savannahrose44 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:26 PM

    Off duty officer or not putting your hands on someone else without their permission is considered assault. Adrian Peterson should know better.

  76. nagaswan says: Jul 7, 2012 7:29 PM

    What happened to the 2nd act of this story? Like the part where he committed a crime.

  77. hpdofficerjc says: Jul 7, 2012 7:33 PM

    Off duty status just means the Officer is not getting paid by the city that he/she works for. The Officer was hired by the bar and paid by the bar. The Officer was more than likely in uniform and doing his job. It’s not like the Officer wants to deal with drunk morons! He would rather just be paid and go to the house. I just love how anytime someone gets in trouble with the police, it’s always the cop’s fault.

  78. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Jul 7, 2012 7:34 PM

    I frequent bars and clubs at bar close, and Adrian Peterson haters need to recognize that this type of behavior is typical. It’s not the end of the world. Bouncers should know this, as their wages are being paid for by the very people they bully. Toughen up. It’s bar close! Whiners and sissys have been in bed since 10pm dude this is ‘merica! Ap was just being awesome, grown man not taking any flak, get used to/over it.

  79. thcnote says: Jul 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    AP tried to be Mr big shot football player and got pimp slapped like a hooker. I LOVE IT!

  80. mhalt99 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:39 PM

    Wonder if this was the same Houston cop that pulled his gun on Ryan Moats for not being white?

  81. vader7176 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:45 PM

    Yes the cop was off duty but nothing says he wasn’t in uniform . Many establishments and institutions hire off duty police for security with the blessings of their respective departments. did you really think your city PD could afford to pay twenty+ officers to work a bears, Vikings, Rams or whoever’s game? Oh I get it, he’ s a star and should have been treated with respect like other drunks. Ok I ‘ ll give AP a pass as soon as OJ finds the real killers–as soon as he gets out.

  82. ubpinaz says: Jul 7, 2012 7:46 PM

    darthhitman77 says:
    Jul 7, 2012 7:25 PM
    If he shoved him it doesn’t matter if it was a cop, on duty, off duty or anything else as shoving = assault.

    ——-

    Then why wasn’t he booked for assault? From what has been reported, the only charge is resisting arrest.

  83. realfootballfan says: Jul 7, 2012 7:47 PM

    Typical case of overzealous police taking all day to get their stories straight with each other.

    I’m sure there weren’t any other pressing issues that needed to be attened to in Houston, the crime free city that it is, other than this Peterson guy “pushing” a police officer to encite a gang takedown of him by the whole force there that night.

    Better watch yourself AP, you might end up like Steve McNair if you get on one of their bad sides.

  84. vader7176 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:55 PM

    dbones wrote

    By commenting,this bar owner is asking for no high-profile people to come there ever again.

    Really. How many high profile types do I need to make it in the tavern/club business. You know I go to this place in Chicago with autographed pics of famous types and not once in the past ten years have i seen any of them. I am sure that myself and hundreds like ne paid for the owners mortgage.

  85. bigbluefan1 says: Jul 7, 2012 8:02 PM

    Wow
    All of the low lifes here who are bad mouthing the cops.

    Sounds to me like some sour grapes
    I also bet your the same peoiple who you hear something go crash in the night will hide under your bed till those same cops show up to save your sorry butt.

    Did AP do something wrong I would say yes why would the cops lock him up and face the media if they did not have proof.

    AP in TX is just another guy who thinks his name can get him out of trouble he must have thought in was in Minn

  86. rukkus1 says: Jul 7, 2012 8:10 PM

    Ooohhhhh pushed on the shoulder and he almost fell… that dude’s cop buddies shouldve arrested him for being such a pu55y. Woopty doo.. peterson was dumb, bouncer was butt hurt, next story please.

  87. thejuddstir says: Jul 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    Bumping a person in the shoulder gets a football player arrested……..paying a football player to intentionally assault another player gets you sympathy in Nawlins’

  88. jsharqawi says: Jul 7, 2012 8:24 PM

    Wtf? I love ap and my vikes! But y r ppl defending him? He supposedly pushed an employee, who ended up being a cop, for asking him to
    leave when closing? If this is true this is not acceptable. “I heard you the first time( followed by push.) Totally d bag move ap. Fix this!

  89. rukkus1 says: Jul 7, 2012 8:24 PM

    F the police bigblue, they arent some special form of humans… lots of em aint any tougher than anyone… i got a cop buddy i respect and like but half the cops ive ever known were punks. And lots of cops hide behind the power of their badge, whats tough about that?

    Ive been arrested for resisting before too, cuz a bud of mine kept pulling his hands away when they went to cuff him, he just wanted to know what he was being arrested for. So 2 pu55y cops jumped him for pulling his hand away.

  90. ubpinaz says: Jul 7, 2012 8:25 PM

    bigbluefan1 says:
    Jul 7, 2012 8:02 PM

    Did AP do something wrong I would say yes why would the cops lock him up and face the media if they did not have proof.

    ——–

    The cop bashing in the comments is definitely over the top, but regarding this statement of yours: a) Nothing more than your own assumption at this point and b) this would not be the first example of someone, or even a celebrity, being arrested unjustly (if that turns out to be the case).

    At this point, assuming AP was in the wrong is no better than the people assuming the cops were. Let’s wait for the video footage to surface

  91. braddavery says: Jul 7, 2012 8:31 PM

    I always love the tacked-on “assaulting an off-duty police officer charge”, as if you could know he’s a police officer when he’s wearing regular clothes.

  92. dkguns34 says: Jul 7, 2012 8:35 PM

    in the city of houston officers work extra jobs in uniform and are considered off duty. they still have all the arrest powers they would if they were on-duty.

  93. dogluverssuck says: Jul 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    Let me guess: The officers were white, and the females in Peterson’s party were white and hot, and the officer didn’t like that.

    When have you heard of Peterson ever doing something like this?

  94. sschmiggles says: Jul 7, 2012 8:58 PM

    I call BS. If he pushed a cop that night, why didn’t they charge him with assault?

  95. dogluverssuck says: Jul 7, 2012 9:10 PM

    Why would a bar hire a cop anyway? I think most customers would not feel very comfortable drinking around someone that could have them arrested.

  96. wferg1121 says: Jul 7, 2012 9:13 PM

    If he pushed the officer it’s assault. If they told him he is under arrest and he ignores them by walking toward the door that is resisting arrest. If they are not charging him with assault, and disorderly conduct that was a nice cop that night. I am not a fan of cops since most accidents with no witnesses are a guessing games for them, as a result of a good liar I pay higher insurance.. Addendums to police reports by the cop doesnt help you either. I still respect police and the job they do. I know one that makes 33k because their pay has been frozen for last 3 years, which would explain them taking security jobs. Peterson is lucky that’s all he got.

  97. villainousjake says: Jul 7, 2012 9:16 PM

    Accidentally hit enter. lol. I was saying that the amount of people defending AP here is ridiculous. Cops working security in bars do so in their uniforms in many places, Houston being one of them. If he shoved an off duty cop with his shoulder, he’s lucky he’s not getting assault on a police officer. We’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out, but there is absolutely nothing to suggest that he wasn’t totally in the wrong at this point.

  98. geefan1 says: Jul 7, 2012 9:40 PM

    skeetys says: Jul 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Put your hands on me and I don’t give two $#%!s who you are if you’re not in uniform. Stupid cops should know when they aren’t working, don’t screw with the toughest man in the world. Especially one trying to keep himself from being injured more with the ACL. Cops are losers who wish they could have been bullies in school but settled for being a bully in their old pathetic age.
    _________________________

    If AP pushed a bouncer (off duty cop or not) that’s assault and he can and should be arrested. If he was either dumb or unlucky enough to push someone with arrest powers, that just makes it easier to hold him accountable for breaking the law.

    You learned the moral of this story in kindergarten – use your words and keep your hands to yourself.

  99. mnlittle says: Jul 7, 2012 9:53 PM

    It’s the way the country is these days: the cops biggest job is revenewers and they are looking for anything that they can do to get in our pockets. They have to fund their paychecks and retirement plans somehow!

  100. normswifevera says: Jul 7, 2012 10:06 PM

    “I always love the tacked-on “assaulting an off-duty police officer charge”, as if you could know he’s a police officer when he’s wearing regular clothes.”

    Hmm. If only there was a way to avoid such things.

    Wait, I know! Don’t go around assaulting people you don’t know! Problem solved.

  101. cereal blogger says: Jul 7, 2012 10:09 PM

    Day to day police state stuff

  102. bmore44 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:10 PM

    Hey AP , you signed a 100 million deal. Buy your own club ,and u can leave anytime u damn well feel like it.

  103. mybrunoblog says: Jul 7, 2012 10:28 PM

    I support the Police but I think it is a bad idea to have off duty police act as bouncers. Here in the north east bars and clubs have bouncers. They are the ones who move people out of a bar. Even if a situation escalates the cops(if the bar has hired off duty cops) mostly work the exterior of the bar and let the bouncers handle this type of stuff. Putting a uniformed cop into the middle of a night club at closing time is just asking for trouble.

    With all this in mind we weren’t there so we don’t know the particulars of this incident but I bet the club has video surveillance so the real story will emerge.

  104. notoriousjebus says: Jul 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    I love all this faux outrage, like this is the worlds worst behavior and is so inexcusable. A drunk 20 something pushed a bouncer at a bar. He didn’t take a swing at him, , didn’t kick him in, didn’t brandish a weapon. According to the officer, he pushed him in the shoulder. That is indeed outrageous behavior. It only happens multiple times a day at every school in this country, but it’s so terrible when someone from the NFL does it.

  105. nostalgicsound says: Jul 7, 2012 10:38 PM

    Let’s not jump to conclusions until footage is released, police report is released and witnesses give statements. If the off duty officer was in proper attire distinguishing himself as a law enforcement officer for the state of texas either having his badge and weapon in view, or wearing a uniform displaying the badge and wearing a “POLICE” shirt then the officer was justified in arresting Peterson for “Assault Causing Physical Contact” yes it’s a law in Texas Penal Code Chapter 22. And if Peterson resisted arrest then yes he deserves to go to jail. But then again that’s “if” it actually happened. Let the video come out first.

  106. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    vikefan284296 says:Jul 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    Drunk and still took 3 officers to take him down?
    _____________

    I would have tasered his punk a$$. Jim Brown could have taken out six cops.

  107. saintsfan83 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    They have some real soft fellows commenting on here , so what AP pushed this jerk he probably ask for it following a pure silverback to the door tryna be a tough guy cops today a shoot you in the back on a traffic stop somebody needs to get a grip on law enforcement these days. And another thing if a guy pushes you its not assault its called he’s asking for a ass weapon

  108. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    So the self-proclaimed “modern day slave” has authority issues? Who’da thunk it?

  109. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jul 7, 2012 11:02 PM

    Tough guy

  110. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:04 PM

    … When he was taken to jail he complained of shortness of breath and was examined by the Houston Fire Department but was found to be fine.
    _________________

    So he’s a sissy boy at heart?

  111. lushy21 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:05 PM

    Whew, as a Lions fan It’s good to know It’s not just theluons that need three dudes to take this guy down.

  112. saintsfan83 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:07 PM

    One more thing who in the hell listens to reports from Tmz yea they are real reliable source.

  113. garrison1981 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:09 PM

    Hilarious that u guys wanna make excuses for AP,but if it was a Lion u idiots would be taking smack! There are idiots on every team, that’s unfortunately the type of people being raised now! Get over the bashing cities and others not involved in these stupid arrests!

  114. bwhick says: Jul 7, 2012 11:11 PM

    Just an fyi the officer was most likely in uniform. Most of duty gigs require the officer to be in full uniform.

  115. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:14 PM

    floridascuba1 says:Jul 7, 2012 6:06 PM

    Why is an off duty cop moon lighting as a bouncer at the bar? Conflict of interest it would seem.
    _______________

    Maybe you don’t realize it but the police officers who put their lives on the line every day protecting you aren’t that well compensated.
    Many moonlight as private security.

  116. 69finfan says: Jul 7, 2012 11:15 PM

    Obviously reading and comprehending what has been read is a lost art. People, read the article and especially the link. It tells you everything that you need to know that AP was charged with resisting arrest because he was under arrest to begin with for shoving the officer after he and his group were asked to leave.

  117. detruthhurts says: Jul 7, 2012 11:17 PM

    reason35 says: Jul 7, 2012 6:01 PM

    Wow – just read the TMZ article.

    I’m a criminal defense lawyer and this guy is GUILTY. This is not about money, the bar manager can’t sue AP for money, this is a criminal case and its obvious what happened. AP can’t handle his liquor, he tried to throw his weight around, he got out of control. I’ve read thousands of police reports and I’d be shocked if anything drastically different comes out.

    Additionally, think about this – if the officer KNEW it was AP would he want all the hassle and garbage that came with a WRONGFUL Resisting charge? No way – this has teeth legally IMHO. However, if AP has no record he’ll get a reduced charge and some community service and its over.

    Your full of shatz is what you are! Cop was off duty working for the bar. He technically cant do a damn thing but ASK Peterson to leave. He got pissed and retaliated after he was shoved. If anything, the cop ought to be brought up on charges of assault!

  118. vikingsfanintexas says: Jul 7, 2012 11:25 PM

    I live in Texas and you don’t mess with the police in Houston. Adrian is from Texas and knows that already. Regardless, none of us were there and so we don’t know the facts.

    However, it is a fact that a cop is always a cop, off duty, on duty, doesn’t matter. If he has the uniform on or tells you he’s a cop, he’s a cop and if you touch him you go to jail. Period.

    So if he truly touched him that’s why he got arrested.

    Since they took him to jail they probably did a blood test and if legally drunk he will likely get a Public Intoxication charge added to resisting arrest.

    The Harris County District Attorney will review the case and decide whether to go forward or not with prosecution. He may have touched the officer and deserved to be arrested, but the DA may not think he deserves to be prosecuted. It happens routinely.

    Also, don’t forget the over 90% of cases are plea bargained and never go to trial. So don’t be shocked if that happens here if Adrian is guilty.

    We’ll see how it plays out. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to speculate and try to out do one another with cute one liners… because we have nothing better to do than read comments other people post, most of whom can’t write a complete sentence.

  119. footbal1q says: Jul 7, 2012 11:27 PM

    I bet he could have goten away if he didn’t have that ACL Tear….

  120. omarsmomar says: Jul 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    Listen all you dumb f&*^%. Off duty officer means an officer IN UNIFORM working a side job at a bar/club/restaurant/hospital/event/neighborhood/etc… Not some random schmo in plain clothes. Adrian tried to big time everyone all night and then big timed the wrong person. HPD not gonna take s*&( from anyone. My prediction… AP hires Rusty Hardin and skates on all charges, and Roger Godell sends down a one game suspension.

  121. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:37 PM

    mnlittle says:Jul 7, 2012 9:53 PM

    It’s the way the country is these days: the cops biggest job is revenewers and they are looking for anything that they can do to get in our pockets. They have to fund their paychecks and retirement plans somehow!
    ______________

    “Revenewers”? You should have finished grade school. Maybe then you’d be earning more and wouldn’t be so resentful.

  122. vikingsfanintexas says: Jul 7, 2012 11:40 PM

    As I understand it he was charged with a Class A misdemeanor which doesn’t sound like much until you understand Texas Penal Code… Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and up to one year is county jail, or both.

  123. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    notoriousjebus says:Jul 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    … he pushed him in the shoulder. That is indeed outrageous behavior. It only happens multiple times a day at every school in this country, but it’s so terrible when someone from the NFL does it.
    ____________

    So you’re saying that some NFL players are as immature as kids in school? They behave like bullies and not like responsible adults? I can agree with that.

  124. secretbonus1 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    Adrian was drunk? I remember hearing reports at a problem that he refused to drink and said “not a chance, I’m
    Laying in the probowl” and that he never drinks.
    WTF?

  125. zn0rseman says: Jul 8, 2012 12:23 AM

    Keep in mind that when an off duty cop says someone pushed him and made him “stumble a little bit” what he means is, our shoulders brushed each other and I’m an angry man looking to flaunt my authority.

    If Adrian Peterson, or any other NFL player with his kind of unstoppable power, really shoved an average joe, that person would not just “stumble a little bit”.

    Frankly, I’d like to know on what grounds he was arrested. If they are going to start arresting anyond who is drunk, at every bar, there is goin to be a lot of pissed off people.

  126. 3kdad says: Jul 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    First off, as others have stated, here in Houston the officer would be in uniform working the extra job. He is not there to act as a bouncer. He is there as a deterrent to keep trouble makers/low life out so that guys like AP can have a good time in peace. People have commented that they have never seen an off duty officer working in a bar/club. You might consider stepping up a few levels in class from where you are drinking then. You will see one.

    Secondly, I’ll play what if like everyone else. A lot of folks are hung up on the whole Assault charge thing. Some think since he wasn’t charged with assault on the officer it must all be BS. What if he happened to be intoxicated to the point he got mouthy. What if he happened to be intoxicated to the point he stupidly bumped/stumbled/brushed into the officer. What if the officer then informed him he was under arrest for Public Intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. What if AP didn’t agree with being arrested and then resisted. The Class C Public Intox will usually give way to the higher Class A Resisting charge.

  127. mornelithe says: Jul 8, 2012 1:29 AM

    Well, it’s very good that this altercation is on tape, because it will go a long way to prove who stepped over a line here.

    A few things to consider though, bouncers are allowed to place their hands on you. If you won’t leave as requested, they are allowed to physically remove you from the premises. They aren’t allowed to get violent unless you do, however, they are allowed to physically remove you.

    As far as whether the cop was wearing a uniform or not, is irrelevant, actually. If he was working as a bouncer, the above applies and if Peterson was asked to leave repeatedly, and initiated contact…that could be assault, on top of resisting arrest.

    Again, this is all entirely dependent upon what actually transpired. Adrian should’ve left as soon as asked, just like any normal person would, if asked to leave a bar/club. You simply do not try to fight bouncer’s.

  128. Max says: Jul 8, 2012 1:40 AM

    AP is allowed to drink, and he is allowed to get drunk, nothing wrong with that, we all go out and have fun with friends and family. That is not the issue here.

    The issue is did the OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER identify himself as a police officer to AP? And if AP is arrested for resisting arrest what was he going to be arrested for in the first place?

    Was the officer in uniform?
    Did he identify himself as a police officer?

    Sounds like these goons saw dollar signs and was hoping AP would assault them so they can sue… similar to Pac-Man Jones Case.

  129. jrmbadger says: Jul 8, 2012 1:53 AM

    Not sure why everyone is so quick to assume AP is being railroaded here.

    This is the same player who compared voluntarily making millions playing a game to slavery and the same player who was busted going over 100 on the freeway. Now he gets in trouble pushing a cop.

    To me this pattern of behavior suggests that hes just
    another dbag overprivileged athlete with a sense of entitlement.

  130. effedinLA says: Jul 8, 2012 2:32 AM

    I have a feeling that the video won’t pass the “50 drunks in a bar” test.
    Nothing will happen to AP any worse than a two game suspension at the beginning of the season when Gerhart was going to take the bulk of the workload anyway.
    I wonder if the cops are being cool by not charging him with assault but, teaching him a lesson because he resisted them?

  131. larryboodry says: Jul 8, 2012 2:32 AM

    realfootballfan says:

    “Better watch yourself AP, you might end up like Steve McNair if you get on one of their bad sides.”

    Right, because Steve McNair’s psycho girlfriend (you know, the one who shot him and then herself) was actually an off-duty cop moonlighting as a bouncer.

  132. mobilizemybiz says: Jul 8, 2012 2:55 AM

    In my experience, most police officers are top notch individuals who took an oath to protect and serve and sincerely want to honor that oath in their daily actions. However, just as in any profession, there is always a few bad apples that can spoil the whole bunch. However, that being said…I must say…

    “Resisting Arrest”??? Really…He’s walking out and get’s gang tackled from behind. “Come on Man!!!”

    Why can’t the bully’s and jerks show a little self control and restraint when someone is standing up to their bullying tactics? AP doesn’t take crap from anyone. He’s an honorable young man who usually makes good choices. There’s gotta be more to the story. Something is missing here. Let’s hope it comes out soon.

    AP getting drunk appears to be out of character. The bar Manager defaming AP’s name by saying he was “drunk all night” reveals that he either broke the law by continuing to serve him OR that he broke the law by committing slander/libel (depending on how the statement was delivered) by lying about AP in order to remain in good favor with the local “authorities”.

    Something just doesn’t smell right.

    Let’s hope that the truth comes out and that justice prevails no matter which way it falls.

  133. warrenpeacephotography says: Jul 8, 2012 3:41 AM

    Let’s get the facts straight: he did not push a police officer, he pushed the bouncer at some bar. Why does it matter what his day job is?

  134. dartwick says: Jul 8, 2012 9:17 AM

    If your are drunk in public and get into trouble – its at least part our fault for being stupid.
    So Im not shedding any tears for AP.

    That said – its suspicious at best anytime some one is arrested only for resisting arrest.
    Cops working as bouncers should get no more respect from the justice system than any other person – there is no reason to trust them over anyone else.

  135. swingondeesenuts says: Jul 13, 2012 2:59 PM

    If you aren’t in uniform, you shouldn’t be considered a cop in the eyes of the law. Period. Too many of these cowards with badges like to start stuff they can’t finish and then pull the “I’m a cop” routine after catching a well deserved beating. I’m in no way a Vikings fan but will be pulling for AP to beat this bogus case.

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