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Adrian Peterson’s dad decries “vulgar, disrespectful” Houston police

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Adrian Peterson’s father says that his son was the victim of mistreatment from the police — and not the perpetrator — when he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest in a Houston bar over the weekend.

Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the off-duty police officer who asked Adrian to leave the bar used “vulgar language.”

From what I’ve gathered, he was very disrespectful to Adrian,” Nelson said.

Nelson said Adrian is respectful of the police but that he was treated badly and got a black eye when his face hit the ground during a skirmish with officers. The police claim Peterson pushed an officer.

“The officer said he pushed him, shoved him, then why is he not charged with assault?” Nelson said. “Only charged with resisting arrest. Doesn’t make sense.”

Nelson Peterson spent much of Adrian’s youth in prison and said his son learned the right lessons about staying out of trouble from that experience.

“Adrian is kind of frustrated because he’s the kind of guy who’s tried to do the right things in society and he cares about being a high-character guy,” Nelson said. “He has a 9-year-old daughter, so he doesn’t want her hearing in the news about how he’s being perceived. . . . “At the time, I didn’t realize the impact my actions can have on my kids. He knows that his actions affect him and his kids also.”

Peterson is still in Houston, working with a trainer as he rehabilitates his torn ACL.

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  1. alonestartexan says: Jul 9, 2012 2:08 PM

    So……….

    Peterson decides to stay in a bar after closing.. The off-duty cop asks him and his friends to leave, then walks away to tell others to leave, then has to come back to tell them again, another off duty cop has to come after Peterson shoves the first, then he struggles and fights with them and involves a 3rd off-duty cop, and Peterson is the victim ?

    That’s modern day slavery..

  2. pistolsmoke says: Jul 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    I’m on AP’s side because this story is a little fishy. However, the last person that should give his opinion on it is his convicted felon father.

  3. saintsfan1111 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:12 PM

    I would have just left.

  4. ghengy says: Jul 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    The new Police State cops were abusive and flat out wrong, this will all be proven.

    AP I hope you sue the hell out of the city over this, and good luck. This type of serial abuse by police departments should finally get some national attention.

  5. crush22 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the off-duty police officer who asked Adrian to leave the bar used “vulgar language.”…………………

    Wait a minute. Vulgar language in a bar at 2am?
    When did this start?

    Haven’t seen any stories that said ‘Nelson’ was with him at the club.

  6. minnysoda says: Jul 9, 2012 2:15 PM

    Yea like a convict will say anything good about police LOL
    Shut up Con
    Hey do you launder your son’s money and his jock?

  7. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 2:16 PM

    Did they interview him in prison or did his daddy finally get out of the “joint”?

  8. reesesteel23 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:18 PM

    Said it before…and got lots of thumbs down love…..im saying it again….Houston PD is about to pay up

  9. kenny328usa says: Jul 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    Ok so why should we believe a word he says. Its very obvious by looking at the arrest photo in the other link that he has no black eye and not even a scratch on his face. So what else is he blatantly lying about? Probably the whole story. I’m Adrian Peterson and i’m rich I leave the club when I want to not when some broke a$$ cop or anyone else tells me to.

  10. butch815 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    Poor Adrian, he could just say I never get drunk and this is why. I know better. I am truly sorry and apologize to my fans, teammates, the Vikings my family & friends. Be sure this will never happen again. It’s over and done with and AP is forgiven.

    but nnnoooo….Adrian hires Rusty and now this will cost him tens of 1000’s of $$$. Now this will be drug out for many more months with more news and headlines to follow. To what avail? Most likely to achieve nothing more than what we know today.

  11. darthvincent says: Jul 9, 2012 2:21 PM

    the only thing fishy here is believing the tall tale of an “alleged” belligerent drunk.

    as for dropping the assault charge against a bouncer is quite common, seeing it’s about $100 fine, released on your on recognizance. Ignoring the cops when they want to arrest you carries a much bigger fine, and a $1000 bond for release.

  12. checkitd0wn says: Jul 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    So let me get this straight. A cop was harassing a wealthy black man? Jeez never would have saw that coming. These neanderthals cops abuse their power with everyday people of all colors. 95% cops are total scum. Guys who barely graduated high school are suppose to protect and serve? C’mon man!

  13. ndnut says: Jul 9, 2012 2:24 PM

    AP went to Oklahoma. The officer may be a Longhorn fan. This is just a possibility…

  14. truthfactory says: Jul 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    Sorry, I tend to side with the sober police, rather than incoherrant drunk guy who admits that he doesn’t drink very often.

  15. mark0226 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    If the cops are off-duty, working in a bar, are they still cops or are they bouncers? How can one resist arrest from a bouncer? Presumably they were not wearing the on-duty police uniform, so AP did not push an “officer”. He pushed a “bouncer”. Still not the smartest thing, but the bouncer did not look nor act like an “officer”.

  16. tink65 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    I don’t find the “story fishy.” My guess would be it was “last call” and people were a wee bit intoxicated.

    But, whatever….having an individual who spent much of his son’s life in prison …call me crazy, but he’s not much of a credible source. This story doesn’t even deserve being published. Shame on you, profootballtalk.com

  17. burgundyngold4evr says: Jul 9, 2012 2:28 PM

    So……
    alonestartexan, where did he resists arrest if the officers were actually NOT on duty? Also, were these police officers working as bouncers or were they just there?

    I would like to know the entire story before I pass my judgement.

  18. eaglesw00t says: Jul 9, 2012 2:30 PM

    alonestartexan says:
    Jul 9, 2012 2:08 PM
    So……….

    Peterson decides to stay in a bar after closing.. The off-duty cop asks him and his friends to leave, then walks away to tell others to leave, then has to come back to tell them again, another off duty cop has to come after Peterson shoves the first, then he struggles and fights with them and involves a 3rd off-duty cop, and Peterson is the victim ?

    ——————————

    Agreed.

    I loved the line ““From what I’ve gathered, he was very disrespectful to Adrian”

    From what Ive gathered, your son is an idiot who put his hands on a cop. If it took 3 guys who identified themselves as police officers, he most certainly does not treat them as well as you say he does.

  19. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 9, 2012 2:32 PM

    “From what I’ve gathered, he was very disrespectful to Adrian,” Nelson said.
    ____________

    For what he “gathered,” meaning he wasn’t there…meaning what AP told him. Basically, nothing new.

  20. dmartin17 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:34 PM

    I’m confused, does his dad want Adrian to be charged with more crimes?

  21. zn0rseman says: Jul 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    I know there a lot of cops on these boards that don’t like hearing about one of their own doing something like this.

    However, if you are a cop you also know there are cops out there that lie, cheat and intentionally provoke situations like this. You also know that the fact that the assault charge was immediately dropped means that no assault ever happened, which is exactly why Peterson reacted the way he did.

    Dirty cops should not have good cops rally around them.

  22. jjbadd says: Jul 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    I believe AP, because there are ALOT, of bully cops who think their badge makes them GOD.

  23. acdc84 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:36 PM

    Wait a second, a bar patron wasn’t cooperating so he was treated rudely by security or police?? Wow, that’s never happened at any bar I’VE ever been too!

  24. east96st says: Jul 9, 2012 2:39 PM

    alonestartexan –

    So………

    You were not there, you don’t know anyone involved, but somehow you are absolutely sure of all the facts in the case because a guy who has no prior record of doing anything but speeding must be guilty of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest?

    That’s the modern day Texas educational system..

  25. bdickey33 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:41 PM

    pistolsmoke says:Jul 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    I’m on AP’s side because this story is a little fishy. However, the last person that should give his opinion on it is his convicted felon father.
    ——————————————————-

    The guy was contacted for his opinion on the story and he gave it. That’s it. He wasn’t seeking out media to try to get some “side of the story out” or anything. It is quite obvious he answered questions.

  26. farty5 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:41 PM

    “The officer said he pushed him, shoved him, then why is he not charged with assault?” Nelson said. “Only charged with resisting arrest. Doesn’t make sense.”
    ————————————

    Wonder what the response is to this? It’s a great point.

  27. fdugrad says: Jul 9, 2012 2:41 PM

    I hope AP has other people who were actually at the scene to vouch for him and his behavior. How in heaven’s name would his dad be aware of the behavior lessons his son learned when he was not on the scene, so to speak?

  28. dogluverssuck says: Jul 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    I told you pot stirrers it was a jealous redneck cop.

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 9, 2012 2:44 PM

    I wonder what Barry Sanders’ Dad thinks?

  30. omniscient48 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:48 PM

    “Adrian Peterson’s father says that his son was the victim of mistreatment from the police — and not the perpetrator — when he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest in a Houston bar over the weekend.”

    Very good testimony except for the fact that his father was not there.

  31. benh999 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:48 PM

    That he has a nine year-old daughter is a great reason to not be getting drunk at a bar at closing time. I would like to know how lucent he was during the incident.

  32. thesixersbench says: Jul 9, 2012 2:50 PM

    “So……….

    Peterson decides to stay in a bar after closing.. The off-duty cop asks him and his friends to leave, then walks away to tell others to leave, then has to come back to tell them again, another off duty cop has to come after Peterson shoves the first, then he struggles and fights with them and involves a 3rd off-duty cop, and Peterson is the victim ?

    That’s modern day slavery..”

    First off, congratulations on a reference that is in incredibly poor taste. I’m sure your parents are proud.

    Secondly, very rarely do police admit or provide any evidence that would portray them in a bad light. If “the truth will surface” it sure as hell won’t be in the police report. If you have no concept of the “thin blue line”, educate yourself.

    Finally, whatever the truth is, I hope it does come to light. AP has always seemed like an upstanding, high-character individual. While that is only my perception of his “image” – not the man who I do not know – you would think if it were an aberration, he’d have more than one of these ‘incidents’ on his record in the court of public opinion.

  33. teambringitstrong says: Jul 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    pistolsmoke says: Jul 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    I’m on AP’s side because this story is a little fishy. However, the last person that should give his opinion on it is his convicted felon father.
    ————————————————————

    If you would either use binoculars or come down off your high horse, you would see that sometimes the best person to make a point is a person that has actually lived it.

  34. norseyapper says: Jul 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    If we weren’t talking about Adrian Peterson being involved, or another very high profile pro althlete, this would never have been an issue at all.
    Off duty cops routinely work as bouncers and as security, and fairly often get into trouble for not remembering that the public has a different set of rules to follow with them when they aren’t in uniform with a badge.
    Sounds a lot like this off duty cop expected people to honor the badge and uniform even though he wasn’t wearing one at the time.

  35. cliffordc05 says: Jul 9, 2012 2:54 PM

    We need to let this one play out a bit. Closing time is tough on the bar staff and customers can be a little touchy when being chased out the door. The cops are tough on bars that allow customers to remain after hours so there is pressure on the staff to get them out the door.

    Bar bouncer was an off-duty officer. Probably not in uniform or was he? Cops always know they are cops and sometimes expect the same response from people whether they are in uniform or not.

    Take alcohol into the mix and there are potential problems. At this point I don’t find the cop’s explanation completely convincing nor do I find Peterson’s explanation as the final answer. Closing time is a tough time of the night.

  36. thesixersbench says: Jul 9, 2012 2:57 PM

    “I know there a lot of cops on these boards that don’t like hearing about one of their own doing something like this.

    However, if you are a cop you also know there are cops out there that lie, cheat and intentionally provoke situations like this. You also know that the fact that the assault charge was immediately dropped means that no assault ever happened, which is exactly why Peterson reacted the way he did.

    Dirty cops should not have good cops rally around them.”

    Unfortunately, whistle blowers within the police force typically have their careers considerably shortened or made more difficult.

    It is not a fair or just system of retribution for such a courageous act.

  37. monkeyhateclean says: Jul 9, 2012 3:00 PM

    You don’t lawyer up over a misdemeanor and a paltry fine.

    Still waiting on what the surveillance video will show.

  38. krank00 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:01 PM

    There are 2 sides to every story. So do you believe the story of the drinking man or the working man?

    Me a little of both but no need for racial slurs on either side.

    Testosterone and alcohol do not mix well. Even in Texas.

  39. vader7176 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:06 PM

    Hey Smitty, why don’t be you interview me about what happened in the bar or even Les Frazier cause we were just as present in the bar as daddy was. Can you at least come up with credible sources of info or are you auditioning for tmz? And for all you ” AP is a righteous and victimized little innocent” he has done a lot with his life considering daddy is a CONVICTED criminal but after that modern day slave stuff and a possible career threatening injury He may be slipping into famedom stupidity.

  40. nypd1056 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:07 PM

    Ask any Police Officer what are the worst two assignments they can rceive and they will tell you #1 DOMESTIC DISPUTE, and the other is dealing with someone intoxicated. It is IMPOSSIBLE to REASON with a drunk, and THREE times worse with a drunken female.

  41. alonestartexan says: Jul 9, 2012 3:09 PM

    east96st –

    That’s the modern day Texas educational system.

    I was educated in Florida.

  42. panamon says: Jul 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    but nnnoooo….Adrian hires Rusty and now this will cost him tens of 1000′s of $$$. Now this will be drug out for many more months with more news and headlines to follow. To what avail? Most likely to achieve nothing more than what we know today.

    HOW DARE he hire a lawyer? Wow what an ignorant comment, and people upvote it here? Amazing, Florio somehow made people here think only white men can have lawyers.

  43. alonestartexan says: Jul 9, 2012 3:16 PM

    thesixersbench – Finally, whatever the truth is, I hope it does come to light. AP has always seemed like an upstanding, high-character individual.

    Ironically, the same people running down the Houston Police Department are the same ones defending Peterson while telling others that they quote “weren’t there.”

    Police Officers, for the most part, are some of the most outstanding citizens in our communities. To become a Police Officer you have to pass background checks, polygraph exams, psychological exams, they even have to have good credit.

    What’s it take to play football in the NFL ? You have to have athletic talent. Half these guys don’t even score double digits on the Wonderlic.

    The most telling aspect of Peterson’s arrest is his mugshot. If you’re outraged, angry, mad, and seeking medical attention for shortness of breath, why do you have a stupid looking grin on your face ?

    NFL players think they can do whatever they want to whoever they want because no one can touch them. I’ll bet Peterson and his group had no idea they were messing with a real cop and thought they were messing with some stupid bouncer.

  44. chazzmon says: Jul 9, 2012 3:17 PM

    So when does the video from the bar come out so we can be done speculating?

  45. thejuddstir says: Jul 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    I will wait for more of the facts to come out but I’ve been in enough clubs (enough times, lol) to know that it is not unusual for the bouncers etc. to have to tell patrons several times over about it being closing time and it’s time to leave and it rarely leads to an altercation. I also trust less any police officer who works off-duty at clubs. It doesn’t take an Einstien to know there are a variety of illegal activities taking place at any popular club on any given night. The club owners, employees, and yes off-duty officers who work there are aware of these activities and for me that makes an off-duty officer who works at a club to be less trustworthy. As for the club owner, what else is he going to say except to stick up for the officers, becuz he obviously wants to stay in business without hassle from cops. An off duty cop who works for a club could just as well be working as a bodyguard for a Hell’s Angel or as a butler at a meth house, LOL

  46. sabatimus says: Jul 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    Vulgar language…in a bar at 2am. And disrespected, coming from his dad.

    I think my IQ just dropped.

  47. goredskins11 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:28 PM

    “Adrian is kind of frustrated because he’s the kind of guy who’s tried to do the right things in society and he cares about being a high-character guy,” Nelson said.
    ————————————————

    High-character guys always hang out in bars at 2AM.

  48. silentcount says: Jul 9, 2012 3:43 PM

    Did Goodell work as a Houston cop before becoming the commisioner?

  49. 2greatgoldens says: Jul 9, 2012 3:44 PM

    zn0rseman says:Jul 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    “Dirty cops should not have good cops rally around them.”

    dogluverssuck says:Jul 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    “I told you pot stirrers it was a jealous redneck cop.”

    jjbadd says:Jul 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    “I believe AP, because there are ALOT, of bully cops who think their badge makes them GOD.”

    Gotta love all the LOSERS who automatically blame the cop instead of their great athlete hero who couldn’t POSSIBLY do anything wrong! None of you were there and there aren’t enough details to come to a conclusion. My guess is that both parties may have been somewhat to blame, and yes, the cop could have been a bit over zealous. BUT, to lay blame solely on the “dirty” cop is laughable. Obviously, AP was drunk and was not cooperating with the cop/bouncer.

    Have any of you ever had to deal with drunk, beligerent people? Oh wait, all you cop-haters probably ARE drunk, beligerent people!

  50. handsofsweed says: Jul 9, 2012 3:45 PM

    Ask any Police Officer what are the worst two assignments they can rceive and they will tell you #1 DOMESTIC DISPUTE, and the other is dealing with someone intoxicated. It is IMPOSSIBLE to REASON with a drunk, and THREE times worse with a drunken female.

    ——————————————————–

    So true. But, the only thing I can think of that’s even harder would be trying to reason with a SOBER female.

  51. mjkelly77 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    Adrian Peterson’s dad decries “vulgar, disrespectful” Houston police
    ________________

    My son is an angel … yada, yada, yada …
    I see wher Adrian gets his “modern day slave” line from.

  52. joekappedyourass says: Jul 9, 2012 3:52 PM

    Vulgar language…in a bar at 2am. And disrespected, coming from his dad.

    I think my IQ just dropped.

    ———————
    it didnt, zero is zero, buddy

  53. doug1grohlin says: Jul 9, 2012 3:52 PM

    Cops should not be allowed to work off duty at bars, plain and simple. It’s a giant scam. I’ve DJ’d at radom bars here in Chicago and it’s a really horrilbe thing.

    I’ve witnessed a place half way packed with underaged kids getting served and that’s no problem. The cop knows about that and doesn’t care. What they like to do is wait until just before closing time, then start antagonizing drunks. Most of us know it doesn’t take much to get a reaction. They get them to start up then arrest them. Sure makes the state a lot of money.

  54. mjkelly77 says: Jul 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    Nelson Peterson spent much of Adrian’s youth in prison …

    Father: “Adrian … has a 9-year-old daughter …”
    ___________________

    Absent father in prison, 15 or 16 years old when his daughter was born …

    He never stood a chance.

  55. hatesycophants says: Jul 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    “Dirty cops should not have good cops rally around them.”

    Best line regarding this situation. Kudos.

    Also, you can’t be a “high-character” guy if you’re in a bar at 2 am? Stunningly ignorant.

  56. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 9, 2012 3:55 PM

    Apparently you can’t say that Adrian doesn’t have a black eye in his mug shot.

  57. doug1grohlin says: Jul 9, 2012 3:55 PM

    goredskins11 says:
    Jul 9, 2012 3:28 PM
    “Adrian is kind of frustrated because he’s the kind of guy who’s tried to do the right things in society and he cares about being a high-character guy,” Nelson said.
    ————————————————

    High-character guys always hang out in bars at 2AM.

    ———————————————
    My job ends at midnight and I like to go to the bar for a couple drinks. That makes me low-character? Get off your high horse keypad warrior.

  58. pappavike says: Jul 9, 2012 3:56 PM

    I Think It’s great That AP’s father is standing up for his son! I don’t know what happend in that bar as, I was not there!! My personal belief is that police target celebrities & sports fiqures They know it will make headlines and press coverage! Ap’s dad did his time and has paid dearly for his crime. Having spent time in jail I can tell you that it most certainly has a lasting effect on your children, I broke the law, and my kids did the real time! Let’s all take a deep breath! and see how this whole thing works out!

  59. lovefootball4life says: Jul 9, 2012 4:04 PM

    I heard Sean Pamphilon is about ready to release a recording of the police officers saying they are ready “to bust” some guys.

    We haven’t heard from him in a while, sound like its about time for somethin’

  60. helloplayername says: Jul 9, 2012 4:57 PM

    I’m so glad Adrian’s dad brought up the black eye, especially because his mugshot has no black eye.

    And then he hired that scuzbag Hardin? Yeah, he lost the benefit of the doubt to me right there.

  61. bunjy96 says: Jul 9, 2012 4:58 PM

    It makes no difference whether he knew if the person was a police officer or not.

    He had no right to lay hands on him.

    End of story.

    Unless his father was there, he needs to keep his mouth shut.

  62. larryboodry says: Jul 9, 2012 10:45 PM

    2greatgoldens says: Jul 9, 2012 3:44 PM:

    Gotta love all the LOSERS who automatically blame the cop instead of their great athlete hero who couldn’t POSSIBLY do anything wrong! None of you were there and there aren’t enough details to come to a conclusion. My guess is that both parties may have been somewhat to blame, and yes, the cop could have been a bit over zealous. BUT, to lay blame solely on the “dirty” cop is laughable. Obviously, AP was drunk and was not cooperating with the cop/bouncer.

    Have any of you ever had to deal with drunk, belligerent people? Oh wait, all you cop-haters probably ARE drunk, belligerent people!
    __________________________________

    Couldn’t agree more!

    Here’s the thing…All you folks complaining about mistreatment by cops, grow up and quit doing dumb stuff that gets the cops to notice you in the first place. Bet they don’t ‘hassle’ you anymore.

  63. larryboodry says: Jul 9, 2012 11:16 PM

    Some random thoughts:

    If AP pushed someone for telling him to leave a bar after closing, it doesn’t matter if the guy was off-duty, or if he announced himself…It is still assault, and AP deserved to be arrested. If he then resisted arrest, then he’s guilty of that separately, even if the assault charge is ultimately dismissed.

    AP has a 9-year-old daughter at home, that’s where he belongs at 2am., not out partying.

    No problem with his dad’s comments, except where they pertain to the arrest incident, since he wasn’t there.

    And finally, as a Bears fan I have no problem admitting that Adrian Peterson is a great football player…But playing football for a very nice living does not make you a hero. Being a cop or a firefighter, and risking your life everyday for less money in a lifetime than AP makes in a season…That’s a hero.

  64. eththunda says: Jul 10, 2012 1:45 PM

    @ larryboodry

    Sorry bud but you are jumping the gun here. Wait to see what the video portrays before slinging judgements at AD.

    And what planet do you live on? Apparently no good parent can ever have a late night with friends, EVER?!! Last time I checked, there are (in most cases) two parents involved in raising children.

    I agree, cops and firefighters are heros. But heros come in all forms. What do you know about what he does for the community? How many people does he help?

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