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Peterson’s lawyer says no civil suit planned “at this time”

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When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson hired high-profile attorney Rusty Hardin to fight his resisting arrest charge, it signaled that Peterson was looking for a fight, rather than a resolution that would make the whole thing go away quietly. But while Hardin claims that an off-duty Houston police officer gave Peterson a black eye, he also says that at the moment, he’s not looking to file a civil suit.

Asked in an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network whether they are contemplating a civil lawsuit, Hardin answered, “No, not at this time. I think those kind of things are way premature.”

Hardin didn’t expressly rule out Peterson suing the Houston Police Department, but he said that right now he’s looking to convince prosecutors to drop the resisting arrest charge.

“We’ll just concentrate on getting this taken care of first,” Hardin said. “The key thing for everybody to understand is Adrian never pushed, shoved or hit a police officer, and any suggestions that he did are just flat false. The initial reports were clearly wrong as to what happened. He wasn’t refusing to leave. He was leaving when he was placed under arrest; he did have some words with a police officer, but not anything that justifies an arrest and he certainly never did anything physically toward him. So I think when this is all over, the prosecutors are going to have to conclude these charges should never have been filed.”

Based on what we’ve heard so far, it sounds like the police at the very least overreacted. The wise move may be for the authorities in Houston to drop the charge against Peterson, and hope that Peterson’s ready to drop it as well.

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28 Responses to “Peterson’s lawyer says no civil suit planned “at this time””
  1. ghengy says: Jul 10, 2012 10:10 PM

    At this time? Good, so the door is still open.

    Do it AP, the Houston PD deserves the grief, make em pay and give the money to charity, like I’m sure you would anyway.

  2. pftcensorssuck says: Jul 10, 2012 10:12 PM

    The suit isn’t being filed yet, because Hardin doesn’t know what exactly they caught on tape yet.

    If Peterson were truly innocent, that suit would have been filed immediately.

  3. mgavin78 says: Jul 10, 2012 10:19 PM

    At this time… Once he wins the criminal suit or it gets thrown out. It’s coming.

  4. ravenmuscle says: Jul 10, 2012 10:23 PM

    Let’s see the tape….we’ll see if there was a shove or not a shove. Clearly Peterson was drunk and as the club owner said he was a “problem” all night long.

  5. mjkelly77 says: Jul 10, 2012 10:29 PM

    Peterson’s lawyer says no civil suit planned “at this time”
    _______________

    In the words of the immortal Algonquin J. Calhoun Esq … “Your honor, my client wishes to throw himself on the mercy of the Court.”

  6. patssox says: Jul 10, 2012 11:30 PM

    AP is just trying to win in the court of public opinion. He got embarrassed by (allegedly) being a brutish jerk and shoving a cop after trying so hard to present a positive image. Easier to make excuses and blame others than to accept personal responsibility. Own up to it, AP, and then you may earn back respect. I don’t believe in shoving cops.

  7. promickey says: Jul 10, 2012 11:40 PM

    Rusty Hardin, he’s the attorney who allowed his client Roger Clemens to testify in Congress so that Rusty could earn millions defending him. Instead of telling his client Roger Clemens to stay as far away from Congress as possible.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 10, 2012 11:49 PM

    Or maybe they could just transfer the charges to the bartender at the club who said that Peterson was being a complete jerk all night long. I bet he doesn’t have a high profile lawyer.

  9. mornelithe says: Jul 10, 2012 11:55 PM

    We can only make assumptions based upon what we’ve heard thus far, but I never read that Peterson made contact with a police officer. I read that he allegedly (again, I don’t know the facts for sure) pushed an off-duty cop who was working at a bar as a 2nd job. Making physical contact with a bouncer could be chargeable, and what that bouncer does outside of his bouncing job is irrelevant.

    All we’ve heard thus far though, is from AP, his attorney and his father. We’ve heard nothing from the police in this instance, nor have we seen this tape that supposedly exists. And we probably won’t until the police finish their investigation, as is the typical M.O. of Police.

    At this point though, it’s pretty safe to assume the Police won’t be filing any charges unless there’s absolutely irrefutable evidence of wrong-doing on Peterson’s part.

  10. truthfactory says: Jul 11, 2012 12:07 AM

    Love that everyone is so quick to believe the drunk guy who admits that he doesn’t drink very often, and assumes the police were being over-aggressive.

    Lets wait to see the video before we start crucifying the police

  11. brownicus says: Jul 11, 2012 12:10 AM

    At this point, we really know very little. There’s no point in assuming he did or didn’t do anything yet.

    My guess is the charges will be dropped and there won’t be a civil lawsuit, AP won’t be suspended by the league, and by the time the season starts this story will be long forgotten.

  12. iamthorny says: Jul 11, 2012 12:37 AM

    I’m just glad his attorney’s first name isn’t, “Percy”, …I’m confused enough as it is.

  13. discosucs2005 says: Jul 11, 2012 12:41 AM

    “If Peterson were truly innocent, that suit would have been filed immediately.”

    I totally think Peterson did something worthy of arrest, but this logic is ridiculous. Many civil suits (perhaps most) come after a case is completed. Plus, not wanting to sue back isn’t an indicator of guilt. If he truly did nothing maybe he just wants it to be over and doesn’t think the money is worth added stress.

    Like I said, I think he did something worthy of arrest, and it’s alright if you do to, but you can’t apply the fact that he hasn’t immediately sued the police department as evidence of guilt.

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 11, 2012 12:56 AM

    Simply put, it is alot more likely for the police and club owner to intensely pursue punitive measures towards a high-profile figure such as AP…rather than some Joe Shmo who would have seen an entirely different reaction from both parties. This is a highly revered, professional athlete, and a mole-hill will be turned into a mountain.

  15. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2012 12:57 AM

    Hardin is no fool…It’d look pretty stupid to file a civil suit now, then the tape comes out showing AP did actually shove someone.

  16. pappavike says: Jul 11, 2012 1:41 AM

    There are people who saw the hole thing, And other than the bartender all that has been reported seem to support Ap’s claim that he did nothing wrong! It will shake lose one way or another.

  17. zn0rseman says: Jul 11, 2012 1:53 AM

    If there was really any kind of push or shove, you can bet your bottom dollar that the cops would have pressed assault charges.

    They didn’t, which means they tried to arrest a guy for no good reason and he reacted just like anyone else would react.

  18. chi01town says: Jul 11, 2012 3:07 AM

    The off duty dummy gone get Sued an that club owner should get rid of the dummy an the manager. AP wasnt the problem at all, the story is falling apart every day. AP got money an now a high profile lawyer… who would NOT be stupid enough to say AP didnt push the off duty dummy, until after he saw the tape…. Remember the lawyer said no civil suit YET

  19. angrylionsfan says: Jul 11, 2012 3:59 AM

    Interesting that he’s making this into some kind of crusade but I don’t entirely blame him. It’s a load of crap that we allow bouncers in bars and clubs to openly assault people without any repercussions. It’s one thing when you have someone causing a fight, but having 5 or 6 Neanderthal bouncers jump someone just isn’t fair and nor should it be justified.

    And let’s face it, the “off-duty cop” wasn’t stepping in to do his civic duty if he was working as a bouncer at a night club. That should have ZERO weight against AP in this case.

  20. njsteelersfan says: Jul 11, 2012 7:02 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:Jul 10, 2012 10:12 PM

    The suit isn’t being filed yet, because Hardin doesn’t know what exactly they caught on tape yet.

    If Peterson were truly innocent, that suit would have been filed immediately.
    —————————————————
    You should learn something before talking ! First before filing anytype if your the defendant in any case it has to trial first but if your the plaintiff you can drop all charges and then go for the money

  21. gtodriver says: Jul 11, 2012 7:24 AM

    ravenmuscle says:

    “Clearly Peterson was drunk and as the club owner said he was a “problem” all night long.”

    The club owner was quoted as saying “Peterson was a problem all night long”, but reports are that Peterson was only in the club for 45 minutes.

    If in fact Peterson was there for only 45 minutes – the club owner’s statement is a lie and was designed to “make nice” with the Houston PD.

  22. shadowman1433 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    Yeah AD sue them. I’m sure that a millionare football player and a scum bag lawyer need the money much more thatn the city of Houston does. Houston is full of rich people, go on take their money.

  23. choppinwood says: Jul 11, 2012 8:59 AM

    Hardin better get his hands on that surveillance tape before it mysteriously disappears.

  24. bobby2478 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    angrylionsfan says:
    “…It’s a load of crap that we allow bouncers in bars and clubs to openly assault people without any repercussions. It’s one thing when you have someone causing a fight, but having 5 or 6 Neanderthal bouncers jump someone just isn’t fair and nor should it be justified.”
    **************************************
    I couldn’t agree more. After spending years of my life in bars in college, I saw that first hand. Bouncers get a job as bouncers and typically go looking to rough people up. They want a legal avenue to beat the crap out of people, and most of the time it was completely unjustified. And of course they NEVER got charged with anything, the person getting thrown out or beat up always gets arrested and the bouncers get off scott-free.

    This NEEDS to change. Bouncers are NOT above the law, and if they assault someone they should be taken into custody until a full investigation can be completed just like if anyone else assaulted someone. If it was justified, then they won’t get charged with anything.

  25. diehardtwinsfan says: Jul 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    This thing is falling apart. Peterson should have an easy time proving he was only there for 45 minutes, which would end the owners story right there.

    They also have stated that there are 6 witnesses saying he never pushed anyone…

    I’m not saying that AP should go sue the Houston police dept, but this is looking more and more like a cop being a jerk, and sadly those type of cultures don’t change until something gets public and departments get sued… I wish it would work in other ways, but that is sadly human nature.

  26. tatum064 says: Jul 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    shadowman1433 says:
    Jul 11, 2012 8:15 AM
    Yeah AD sue them. I’m sure that a millionare football player and a scum bag lawyer need the money much more thatn the city of Houston does. Houston is full of rich people, go on take their money.
    ==========================
    There was the incident with Ryan Moats when a cop in the Plano-Dallas area detained him as his stepmother was dying, then the Chad Holley beating incident in Houston (where he kicked about five times in the head, five other heavy punches and additional blows as he was already on the ground) – the DA refused to let the tape out, and the local station ch ABC 13 put it out…the Federal Judge tried to block it. Four officers were indicted with “official oppression”

    A.P. should let a civil suit hover over them …. this pattern has brought it on themselves…this is not an isolated incident.

    Peterson should let the civil suit

  27. granadafan says: Jul 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    This Hardin lawyer has been on every single sports station he can get on trying to win the court of public opinion and to taint potential jurors. The more publicity the case gets, the more pressure will be put on the DA. Hardin is hoping the DA decides it’s not worth it and drops the case before going to trial. This threat of a baseless lawsuit is simply another ammo in the public relations campaign/ spin job. Those of you who can’t see right through what he’s doing are just falling for Hardin’s scummy lawyer tricks. Lawyers love people like you.

  28. voyager6 says: Jul 11, 2012 6:13 PM

    I think it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that Peterson’s face hit the Police Officer’s hand! (Sarcasm)

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