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Charges dropped against Adrian Peterson

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As Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continues to have an amazing season on the field, he got some good news off the field as well: Charges against him stemming from an incident in a Houston bar during the offseason have been dropped.

Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson today that he has been informed he will not face charges for resisting arrest. He had previously been scheduled for a court date on Thursday, but prosecutors apparently felt there wasn’t enough evidence against Peterson — as Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin had previously predicted.

“They dropped the charges,” Peterson told Anderson. “Thank God.”

The charges always seemed both out of character for Peterson and odd in that the police were claiming he had resisted arrest, and yet they didn’t actually arrest him for anything other than resisting. The Houston Police Department claimed that Peterson shoved an off-duty officer, but Peterson always insisted he didn’t push, shove or touch anyone, and now he’s been vindicated.

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49 Responses to “Charges dropped against Adrian Peterson”
  1. crush22 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:44 PM

    Shocked…………/rolleyes

  2. brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    Exactly how everyone but Packer trolls thought that this one would end.

  3. Neftali Ramos says: Nov 13, 2012 2:47 PM

    Good for AP. I always thought the story of his arrest didn’t sound right or make sense. He’s one of the leagues good guys. Still love hearing how it took an entire precinct of cops to tackle him even though he still had a messed up knee at the time. BEAST MODE!

  4. titogetmesometissue says: Nov 13, 2012 2:47 PM

    It’s ridiculous that it took this long, but at least they got it right in the end.

  5. tommysaint1 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    Good for Adrian.

  6. finfanvin says: Nov 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    Adda-boy AP

  7. tomnickle says: Nov 13, 2012 2:49 PM

    @Bredogg

    I’m a Packer fan and supported Peterson’s claim from start to finish.

    Generalizations are fuel for stupidity.

    Have a nice day.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    dmvtransplant says:Nov 13, 2012 2:39 PM

    They wanted the team in their state and now they’re complaining about it why?
    ___

    You wonder why? These are the same fans who want to run ponder out of town on a rail for the past 4 weeks, until he has one good game against a banged up defense – now he’s the greateast franchise QB ever.

  9. vikings28 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    For sure! packer TROLLS actually thought AP would do something like this. I think the cops wanted to see how TOUGH THEY WERE, cause they know HOW TOUGH PETERSON is!

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    Ah, I meant “average” game not “good” game. My bad.

  11. skolvikings2011 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    So a non-police Police Officer doesn’t arrest you yet charges you for resisting the non-arrest? Sounds like an Abbott & Costello bit . . .

  12. kingathen says: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    Peterson showing how classy is, by staying calm. Much respect for AD.

  13. daysend564 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    A greased palm always helps charges disappear.

  14. vikings1976 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    I don’t think anyone believed the outcome would be different. Way out of character for Peterson. You don’t charge for resisting arrest without charging someone with the crime they were allegedly committing. Doesn’t work that way.

  15. gergie1957 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    He should have been charged with assault, with the way he punished the Lions defense Sunday, AD’s response, “Guilty as charged”.

  16. gallaghedj311 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Texas cops man. They need to be knocked off their pedestal

  17. bucrightoff says: Nov 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    Clearly this guy has “running away from the cops” speed.

  18. gbpbacker84 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    I’m a huge Packer fan, and have nothing but respect and admiration for how AP goes about his business on and off the field. Viking fans are the biggest trolls out there so stop acting like Packer all Packer fans are sending ill wishes towards AP. He’s the most class your classless organization has.

  19. purplengold says: Nov 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    They waited this long to drop charges? Weren’t they aware of their lack of evidence?

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 13, 2012 2:58 PM

    I wonder how much in charitable donations or “volunteer” time with charity groups were offered for the charges to be dropped.

    Informal community service is almost the same as sentencing.

    We all saw the drunken violence on the video.

  21. td30 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good. Seems like a good person that doesnt deserve to have something like this on his record

    Between this and the knee, he didnt make it easy for keeper fantasy leagues haha. Glad i took the risk though

  22. tharoostah says: Nov 13, 2012 3:05 PM

    Neftali Ramos says: Nov 13, 2012 2:47 PM

    Good for AP. I always thought the story of his arrest didn’t sound right or make sense. He’s one of the leagues good guys. Still love hearing how it took an entire precinct of cops to tackle him even though he still had a messed up knee at the time. BEAST MODE!
    ——————————————————
    Sorry but “BEAST MODE” is Marshawn Lynch. Adrain Petesons nickname is “ALL DAY” which really isn’t as fun.

  23. ejmat2 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:05 PM

    Now how about Peterson charge them with assault and battery for 3 policemen tackling him for no reason?

  24. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 13, 2012 3:05 PM

    he should not thank god .. he should thank the clear thinkers who determined that there was not enough evidence to suggest wrong doing.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Nov 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    Its Texas, that’s explains everything.

  26. straighcashhomie84 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    All Day #1 all time

  27. minnesconsin says: Nov 13, 2012 3:15 PM

    brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    Exactly how everyone but Packer trolls thought that this one would end.
    ———————————–

    Only thing I like less than the vikes is abuse of authority. Even thru cheese glasses, the Houston PD looked dirty from jump on this one. Sounds like a classic case of a power-tripping off duty cop playing bouncer and trying to show adrian how tough he is. what a tool.

  28. Michael Marshall says: Nov 13, 2012 3:21 PM

    Unless you have the full story, hold off on your sarcastic comments. Every patron and employee at the incident said Peterson didn’t do anything, and the other guy was in the wrong. EVEN THE GUY’S BEST FRIEND DEFENDED ADRIAN.

    I don’t give most celebrities/athletes the benefit of the doubt in things like this, but everything we’ve heard about this point to AP doing the right thing. Hence the dropping of the charges… and that’s without a payout from AP.

  29. keeppounding says: Nov 13, 2012 3:22 PM

    Counter sue. Teach that police department that they can’t just say or do whatever they want and that they too can be held accountable.

  30. billhicks666 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    straighcashhomie84 says:

    “All Day #1 all time”

    Uh, no.

  31. icardfan says: Nov 13, 2012 3:25 PM

    Thought so. Had All Day really resisted arrest there would be cops in the hospital and civil lawsuits from beat up cops. Nothing against cops here. And I’m a Cards fan who watched AP score 3 TDs on us!

  32. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 3:29 PM

    Hey Carl, try finding the right article to comment on.

  33. natelan69 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    Good.

    As the article mentions… How exactly can someone be charged ONLY with resisting arrest? Wouldn’t you needed to have first committed a crime for which to resist being arrested?

    NFL players may get bad wrap for being un-intelligent, but the traditional police officer in America still wears the crown on that front.

  34. 989lions says: Nov 13, 2012 3:38 PM

    no surprises here. congrats AP

  35. pleazenufalready says: Nov 13, 2012 3:42 PM

    Rusty Hardin……. 2-0 in 2012!

  36. boyshole25 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:44 PM

    It’s AD not AP for some hardcore fans y’all don’t even know his nickname. Smh

  37. bennyb82 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:51 PM

    In exchange for dropping the charges, the vikings will be giving the officers who tackled Peterson a tryout.

  38. sb44champs says: Nov 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    Chris Ivory > A.P.
    Way less ‘miles’ on him and a rare combo of power and speed, maybe the best in the NFL!!

  39. thejuddstir says: Nov 13, 2012 3:55 PM

    I don’t care who your favorite team is, the NFL needs more players like Peterson. Gives it his all on the field, off the field and has as much class as anyone in the league. Wish he played for my team, lol.

  40. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:04 PM

    I can only wonder how great this guy would be on a real team!!!

  41. vikingfan1971 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:05 PM

    gbpacker you are generalizing all viking fans in your comment I dont say that about packer fans, I have found some packer fans that are arrogant and some that are in good sport I am sure you will find that in all teams, not to pick out any certain teams.

  42. smittee22 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:07 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Nov 13, 2012 2:58 PM

    I wonder how much in charitable donations or “volunteer” time with charity groups were offered for the charges to be dropped.
    ——————————————————–

    AD does all sorts of charity work and is very generous with not only his donations but his time. I’m sure any volunteer work that you see him doing has nothing to do with this and is only being done because that’s the type of person he seems to be.

  43. cowartsh says: Nov 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    @sb44champs
    Thanks bro i needed a good laugh to close out this work day.

  44. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Nov 13, 2012 2:58 PM

    I wonder how much in charitable donations or “volunteer” time with charity groups were offered for the charges to be dropped.

    Informal community service is almost the same as sentencing.

    We all saw the drunken violence on the video.
    ________

    There was no video. I think this is what some of the commenters were talking about when referring to “Packer fan trolls.”

  45. spellingcops says: Nov 13, 2012 4:42 PM

    natelan69 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    Good.

    As the article mentions… How exactly can someone be charged ONLY with resisting arrest? Wouldn’t you needed to have first committed a crime for which to resist being arrested?

    NFL players may get bad wrap for being un-intelligent, but the traditional police officer in America still wears the crown on that front.
    —————————————————
    Hey look who finally showed up after the San Diego Super Choke.

  46. humb0lt says: Nov 13, 2012 5:25 PM

    Adrian Peterson a troublemaker? Not buying it Houston PD. Get real.

    Keep racking up fantasy points, AP. Your owners love you.

  47. jimmylions says: Nov 13, 2012 7:27 PM

    I’m surprised the dropped charges didn’t come with a written apology and a check to AP’s favorite charity.

  48. oaktown49er says: Nov 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    I could be wrong about the time of the incident, but even if you are innocent, as AP was, remember what Tony Dungy says…”nothing good ever happens after midnight”

  49. brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 10:30 PM

    I would like to thank bob and carl for chiming in and and showing the difference between a Packer fan and a Packer troll. Make sure you take the time to apologize to the decent Packer fans that are upset about being associated with you.

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