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Adrian Peterson hires Roger Clemens’ attorney

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Rusty Hardin, the prominent Texas attorney who successfully defended Roger Clemens on charges that he lied to Congress when he claimed he never used performance-enhancing drugs, now has another prominent athlete as a client: Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, who was arrested over the weekend in Houston and charged with resisting arrest for refusing to leave a bar when an off-duty officer working security asked him to, has hired Hardin to represent him in the case.

That’s an awfully expensive hired gun for Peterson, considering that he’s charged with nothing more than a misdemeanor that the Houston Police Department says will likely be resolved by paying a small fine. But Peterson — who didn’t seem overly concerned this weekend, smiling while his mug shot was taken and writing on Twitter that the truth would set him free — can certainly afford to pay for whatever attorney he thinks will give him the best defense available.

It’s also possible that Peterson hired Hardin because he wants to go on the offensive and make a public case that he did nothing wrong and it was the Houston police who mistreated him. Hardin earned a reputation while defending Clemens as a lawyer who’s eager to pick a fight — Clemens could have just clammed up and said “I’m not here to talk about the past,” as Mark McGwire did, and it’s unlikely that he ever would have faced any type of criminal charges. Instead, Clemens and Hardin went on the attack from Day One.

Hardin was so aggressive in his defense of Clemens that he was at one point admonished by members of Congress for saying of an IRS special agent who was investigating athletes, “If he ever messes with Roger, Roger will eat his lunch.” Hiring Hardin may indicate that Peterson wants to eat the lunch of the Houston Police Department. Because if Peterson just wanted the case to go away quickly and quietly, Hardin would seem to be a strange choice of attorneys.

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  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    He clearly thinks he did nothing wrong. I would have preferred that this just went away quickly, but it’s his reputation so he can do what he wants.

  2. ezmoover says: Jul 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    Peterson is an NFL All Pro running back.

    I would expect him to want to go on the offensive and demand a good fight.

    I hope he runs right over the Houston PD.

  3. ctattles says: Jul 9, 2012 11:59 AM

    Well looks like all charges will be dropped.

    Roger Clemens obviously knowingly used steroids and committed purjury.

  4. bucs13 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    It will be a while before this shakes out, but this hiring indicates that AP means business.

    Of course, it’s impossible to determine the truth of the underlying allegations. On the one hand, professional athletes have a lot of money, and hiring Hardin is one way to pressure the Houston PD to make the charge go away even if it is true.

    On the other hand, it could be an indication that AP feels wronged, and he is pissed. The majority of the time, the police are right. But when they are wrong, it is difficult to fight it, because they will close ranks. Hiring Hardin is one way to bring a little daylight into the situation (if that’s the case).

  5. screenjam110 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    He hired Clemens attorney, huh? Well there you have it, guilty as charged.

  6. titogetmesometissue says: Jul 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jul 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    He clearly thinks he did nothing wrong. I would have preferred that this just went away quickly, but it’s his reputation so he can do what he wants.
    ======

    Either that or he’s not the best decision maker in the world. My money is on that.

  7. fritz1218 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:04 PM

    Thinking ‘If Clemens can lie and get away with it, so can I’

  8. minnesotablizzard says: Jul 9, 2012 12:04 PM

    I love this move. FIGHT THE POWER! I really hope Adrian is able to make an example of what bar close in this country has become. You go to Europe or South America and people are not even showing up to the bars/clubs until 2am and there are no cops around. You go to a downtown American city at 2am and there are literally officers on horses clearing the public streets of people. It’s out of control and there is no doubt in my mind Adrian probably stood up for himself in a situation that caused the cops to turn extremely aggressive in an instant when Adrian didnt completely comply and crumple up like a scared puppy.

  9. reesesteel23 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    Houston PD is about to pay up…

  10. rbirving says: Jul 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    I’m sure the Houston police would like this just go away, now that they’ve sullied the reputation of one of the biggest names in the NFL today.

    While I’ll agree that the majority of the time, the police are correct in what they do, my biggest complaint has always been the length that police departments will go to conceal the conduct of the bad apples in the barrel.

    This should never have gone any further than the front door of the establishment.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    pro athletes and cops. you just never know who to believe anymore. it’s best to just stay away from both of them.

  12. screwstontexans says: Jul 9, 2012 12:19 PM

    Houston PD are a bunch of try hards that think they have more power than they actually do. I was so upset when my town got annexed by Houston because Houston PD are just a bunch of dicks, and obviously blow situations way out of proportion.

  13. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    Further proof that money is power and can get you out of any trouble. See Simpson, Orenthal J.; Clemens, Roger; Jackson, Michael, etc.

  14. nagaswan says: Jul 9, 2012 12:23 PM

    Over Privileged Police department, meet Over Privileged professional athlete.

  15. foul83 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    He heard him the first time, he just didn’t listen.

  16. corduroy88 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:25 PM

    Gotta hire the best to cover your worst.

  17. holdsteady76 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:30 PM

    Just another reason to avoid visiting Texas.

  18. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:31 PM

    Look at his pic…I’m sure he felt he was mistreated by the Police dept! Looks like he had too much to drink and felt he didnt have to listen to the authority becasue he’s ADRIAN PETERSON! Classic case of SELF ENTITLEMENT. The Officer’s request was reasonable and AP should have complied without any further action. Closing time generally means the place is closing…SO LEAVE! BTW I guess his rehab is going well.

  19. jclu7188 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:32 PM

    A couple hundred $ fine vs. a couple thousand $ lawyer

    Something doesn’t seem right about this.

  20. truesportsjunkie says: Jul 9, 2012 12:39 PM

    So Rusty Hardin is representing a Sooner after helping out a Longhorn

  21. txxxchief says: Jul 9, 2012 12:39 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:Jul 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    pro athletes and cops. you just never know who to believe anymore. it’s best to just stay away from both of them.
    ——————————————————-
    I disagree. I’ll trust the cops every time over a pro athlete, especially a drunk one. AP hires a high profile attorney to make a big show because he thinks his money and fame means he’s above the law.

  22. flapjackdaddy says: Jul 9, 2012 12:46 PM

    Maybe the cop(s) where OU fans? Still bitter over the statue of liberty game? Mm?

  23. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:49 PM

    entitled rich athlete, thinks he can act however he wants whenever and wherever he wants to…. that storyline got old a long time ago.

  24. therealbrettfavre says: Jul 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    I dont know about you but, all this talk about eating lunch made me hungry.

  25. wolfmanpatriot says: Jul 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    Either that or he’s not the best decision maker in the world. My money is on that.>>>

    That is why you are broke.

    I hope Adrian does a good job making an example of these power happy jerks. Telling him he cannot have water. Wouldn’t want him to sober up and not get arrested, now would they.

    Then the bozo jumps a guy from behind that is calmly walking out the door.

    We are turning into Nazi Germany.

  26. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    So, the classiest individual on the vikes just made the turdwatc…er…police blotter on pft? Nice organization they got there.

  27. jziii says: Jul 9, 2012 1:06 PM

    In this case, I am more likely to give AP the benefit of the doubt. He is, by every account I have heard of him, not the type to get into this kind of trouble. If he was mistreated, I hope he and his lawyers make the Houston PD pay for it. He could have reinjured his knee or otherwise affected his livelihood thanks to these potentially overzealous cops.

  28. ufullpj says: Jul 9, 2012 1:10 PM

    Old rule of thumb in the legal business – you can tell a party’s perception of the matter severity by the counsel they retain. You can bet that Rusty’s already higher than market-rate (Houston rates) fees went up after the Clemens case; I’m sure AP isn’t worried about that….but if it’s just a simple misdemeanor, why shell out mega bucks? Solely based upon who he hired, I get the sense there might be more. If not, it makes zero sense.

  29. lhaveprettyfeet says: Jul 9, 2012 1:14 PM

    He was going to hire Fred Davis but he was busy on another case.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:14 PM

    Adrian Peterson hires Roger Clemens’ attorney
    ____________________

    He must really be worried. Should not have been trying to impress some street ladies in the early AM.

  31. eaglesw00t says: Jul 9, 2012 1:40 PM

    Am I the only one that would never imagine myself pushing a cop?

    From the way it sounds, the guy was in uniform, even if he was off duty.

    If he was out of uniform, its a totally different story, but if he was in uniform, why would you push a cop, and not just leave the club that is trying to close? Why start some crap and have to pay for lawyers and start all this mess?

    It really is as easy as just not trying to push people around in every day life. Regardless, in this legal happy society, I wont lay my hands on another person unless its in self defense. Reason being, it is assault. If he kept his hands to himself, he would be chilling at home right now with no legal problems whatsoever.

  32. zn0rseman says: Jul 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    The one piece of damning evidence against the Houston PD is that they immediately dropped the phony assault charge for supposedly “pushing” one of the officers.

    So, basically they attempted to arrest him without cause.

    Message to the Houston PD: Time to pay the piper.

    I expect the Houston PD lawyers will try to stick it to Peterson immediately, and will drag this thing out with tax payer dollars for a couple of years, eventually losing in court and being forced to pay a seven figure sum to Perterson for defamation, false arrest, civil rights violations, assault and battery, ect, ect.

    Go get em AD!

  33. tannethrill says: Jul 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Rusty Hardin skeeves me out. Dude seems shady and IMO made Clemens look more guilty every time he talked.

  34. contra74 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    So, the classiest individual on the vikes just made the turdwatc…er…police blotter on pft? Nice organization they got there.
    ———
    Cant get any classier than having a drug dealer (Johnny Jolley) and child molester (Mark Chmura) on your squad right Packer fan?

  35. geo1113 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    “I hope Adrian does a good job making an example of these power happy jerks. Telling him he cannot have water. Wouldn’t want him to sober up and not get arrested, now would they.”

    First off, last call is last call. That means no one else is served anything, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Secondly, water does not sober you up. About the only thing it does is lessen the effects of the hangover the next day.

  36. funktron2x says: Jul 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    Seems like overkill for what appears to be a small-time issue. Either he really feels like he got screwed, or he’s overcompensating for being incredibly embarrassed by his drunken actions.

  37. beedubyatoo says: Jul 9, 2012 2:08 PM

    “…Rusty Hardin, the prominent Texas attorney…”
    ————————–
    Does Hardin know that Peterson went to college at Oklahoma?

  38. dougydougdoug says: Jul 9, 2012 2:20 PM

    And OJ was an icon and a role model, far in excess of AP. Then he went and killed whiteys. So, don’t assume anything, just because AP hosts a couple kids’ camps a year.

  39. chitownjeff says: Jul 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    As an officer who does part time security at nightclubs.. when the lights go on… and the music stops.. and we say time to go.. Swallow what’s left of your drink (Unless you’re in Miami or New Orleans) and hit the road..
    No you can’t go back and use the bathroom.. (hit a QuikTrip).. No you can’t get a bottle of water.. (Again.. Quiktrip).. and no i don’t care if the DJ is your boy.. the waitress is your girl.. or you know the owner.
    Time to go.. means time to go. Could the police have overreacted? Sure.. Has AP in the past wanted special favors.. See the McDonald’s night manager who did the favor for him and got fired.
    BTW.. Jumping on his back is terrible terrible arrest technique.. Guy his size.. you go right for the taser..

  40. butch815 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:24 PM

    The lesson here is the advice you get from a lawyer is directly related to the number of billable hours he can expect from you as a client. Adrian is getting a lot of advice from Rusty.

  41. igwaybwekay says: Jul 9, 2012 2:32 PM

    He thinks NFL players can claim they’re in a situation akin to slavery. Anbody remember this? Or are we all blinded by our team allegiance?

    Tells you a lot about the guy.

  42. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    contra74 says:Jul 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    So, the classiest individual on the vikes just made the turdwatc…er…police blotter on pft? Nice organization they got there.
    ———
    Cant get any classier than having a drug dealer (Johnny Jolley) and child molester (Mark Chmura) on your squad right Packer fan?
    ——

    First, Mark Chmura was dumped from the Packers even though he was acquitted. Second, Johnny Jolly is an addict, he needs treatment, not jail time.

  43. linemanguy74 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:44 PM

    Pack should sign the 3 cops then they could have someone to tackle him !!!!

  44. maddog111 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:49 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Jul 9, 2012 1:14 PM
    Adrian Peterson hires Roger Clemens’ attorney
    ____________________

    He must really be worried. Should not have been trying to impress some street ladies in the early AM.

    ————————————————–
    Yeah, I’m sure he’s really worried about that $200 fine he could be facing.

  45. jskill3 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:06 PM

    I believe:
    1) If we can see the video, we won’t need Rusty to explain it to us.
    2) This is stupid, Adrian should have gone home quietly when the bar closed – without having to be asked by anyone.
    3) Adrian should now pay his $1K fine and end this before it gets really blown up. But No,,, lets make it as big a deal as possible.
    4) A lot of people think off duty cops working at 2 AM in clubs are there to abuse their power – but I don’t think that’s why so many club owners actually hire them.
    5) Adrian needs a big time lawyer to get out of this, and he will.
    6) When he wins, it won’t mean he was right.
    7) I could be wrong, it could be the cops fault, but that’s not what I believe right now.

  46. keeppounding says: Jul 9, 2012 3:25 PM

    Btw he didn’t get charged with drunk and disorderly. Had he been drunk he wouldnt have only been charged with resisting arrest. It’s a safe bet the cops would have used everything they could against him… But all they have is resisting arrest for… Wanting a glass of water at a bar. Were there other people in the bar when he was on the way out? Did they get tackled and arrested? They told him to leave and when he did they tackled him. Complete abuse of power. The definition of it.

  47. keeppounding says: Jul 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    Police are trained liars. Literally they are trained how to LIE. Peterson doesn’t have a rep as a trouble maker. He wasn’t partying with knuckleheads he was entertaining his FAMILY. I’m glad hes not laying down and I’m glad he’s going to expose these police who think they are above the law. Just because you have a badge does not give you the right to be a Richard.

  48. contra74 says: Jul 9, 2012 4:07 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    contra74 says:Jul 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    So, the classiest individual on the vikes just made the turdwatc…er…police blotter on pft? Nice organization they got there.
    ———
    Cant get any classier than having a drug dealer (Johnny Jolley) and child molester (Mark Chmura) on your squad right Packer fan?
    ——

    First, Mark Chmura was dumped from the Packers even though he was acquitted. Second, Johnny Jolly is an addict, he needs treatment, not jail time.
    —–
    All lipstick on a pig. Nice try though super packer fan!

  49. jjackwagon says: Jul 10, 2012 8:39 AM

    “writing on Twitter that the truth would set him free”
    Then why do you need the high profile attorney?
    Obviously he is not so confident in his version of “the truth”.

  50. materialman80 says: Jul 10, 2012 2:15 PM

    Clements was guilty as sin and he got him off scott free, so I understand Peterson’s thought process.

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