Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will appear in court in connection with his pending child-abuse charges.

And if/when the judge asks lawyer Rusty Hardin (pictured) for a plea, there will be no equivocation.

“If the court asks for a plea tomorrow [and we do expect that to happen], it will very definitely be NOT guilty,” Hardin’s spokesperson, Mary Flood, told ESPN.com.  “We hope that a trial date is also discussed but don’t yet know how the court’s docket is looking. . . .  I hope we learn more tomorrow, but it’s possible that we won’t get a date tomorrow and we’ll just get the beginnings of discussions about a date.”

Hardin likely will push, as diplomatically as possible, for a trial to happen as soon as possible.  The sooner the case resolves, the sooner Peterson can play.

Of course, the case would have to resolve itself in a way that exonerates Peterson, or Peterson will likely have an unpaid suspension to follow his paid suspension.  Unless, of course, the NFL gives Peterson full or partial credit for the games missed during his paid leave of absence.

70 responses to “Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty on Wednesday

  1. “in connection with his pending child-abuse charges.”

    how sad that they have to define which of his cases they are talking about.

  2. We can only hope the Texas legal system gets it right. If this case had gone to court in Minnesota, the outcome in all likelihood would be very different.

  3. Free AD!
    Sue Star Tribune!
    He will be compensated for missed time on the field when he’s found not guilty.
    Had the pics never leaked, the DA may have a leg to stand on.
    Now? they look like fools trying to hang AD the DAY after the Ray Rice video leaks.
    If you don’t know much about him, he wont just stand there and let the league or anyone else screw him.
    He will bring it!

  4. gripless says: Oct 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    Why should the Vikings have to pay this bum. Hurts our salary cap and he isn’t coming back.
    ———-
    Even if he gets cut, that money still counts against the cap. It’ll count against the cap for the entire length of the contract, unless some other team is willing to pick it up.

  5. Huh, last i checked he was innocent until proven guilty. I do hope the court of public opinion judges you as quickly and as sternly as a lot of you posters have condemed him.

  6. It’s always bothered me the court would even consider giving a player a trial date sooner than the average Joe would get just so he can get back on the field or when they move their trial dates so they don’t interfere with their season. It must be nice to have money and power and have the court system accommodate all of your requests.

  7. The problem is whether or not the jury considers guilty, the photos that came out guarantee that millions of people will consider him guilty whether or not the trial results in that.

    He’s permanently tainted in many people’s eyes. A few years ago bad teams would certainly have signed him with that situation. Now with all the backlash from domestic abuse and now this, he’s going to be radioactive to most or all teams.

  8. “Apparently, ‘character assination’ is a new sport in America.”

    Been going on for years in the America I live in. The GOP is particularly good at fabricating things along these lines.

  9. “We can only hope the Texas legal system gets it right”
    So, if he is found not guilty, The legal system is a failure, I take it?

  10. “Intent”. Guilt in a court of law isn’t as cut and dried as most people think. Why do you think lesser plea agreements happen all the time? Saves the court cost, time, and burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    If this wasn’t a case involving a celebrity, the Judge would most likely push for a simple plea agreement so as to not waste the courts time. And it would NOT include jail time.

  11. Let the court system sort it out before you speak of your God-like judgements towards someone else. Our salary cap doesn’t matter until the end of the year so theres still plenty of time. Just remember you hate and judge him now but once hes back on the field you’ll be jumping up and down smashing your sisters toes and spilling the Dorito bowl while hes dashing down the sidelines. I agree-what he did was wrong but it shouldn’t affect his livelihood and his work.

  12. Free AD!!!

    This is America, innocent until proven guilty. Pisses me off the 1st gran jury said no so they convened a second at the sun of what 10 to 20 grand. Most of these charges are dropped to misdemeanor with a small fine a parenting classes. DA must be looking at running for office, classic political move.

  13. I’m a vikings fan, but I don’t think Peterson should get any preferential treatment in terms of a court date. Shouldn’t be any different than any other schmoe who was charged.
    His lawyer can and should ASK of course (it is his job to be his client’s advocate) but I’m doubting it will make any difference.

  14. If he’s permanently tainted in the eyes of some, then that’s not very fair considering those people probably don’t have all of the facts and a full understanding of everything about him and his beliefs and his motivations and his situation(s).

  15. @barelylegal18

    He admitted to the mother that he did it, it is going to affect his work, because he plays ball for a living getting paid Millions of dollars representing numerous businesses and sponsors.
    This isn’t John Doe working in a factory, or restaurant.

    He was one of the few faces of a Billion dollar industry. When you put that money in jeopardy it upsets all those people, because that’s about all they care about.

  16. The amount of anger in some of your post disgust me more then the whipping he gave the child. So what are we discussing? He admitted he whipped the kid…and? He dispensed the same love as my father and grandfather dispensed on me.

    Try growing up in a strict Catholic family and going to Catholic school where the Nuns were allowed to dish out corporal punishment.

    Oh sorry, got sidetracked, anyway you executioners out there did read into the story to find out the the District Attorney did not get a warrant to indict from the first Grand Jury? In your language that means…They did not see anything wrong in his actions.

    Can you not see that the only person benefitting from this is the District Attorney…oh goodie goodie gum drops I have me a case against a celebrity?

  17. willycents says: Oct 7, 2014 1:19 PM

    “We can only hope the Texas legal system gets it right”
    So, if he is found not guilty, The legal system is a failure, I take it
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    No, it means that the public culture of this type of behavior is perhaps more accepting in Texas and many other southern states than it is elsewhere. He’s already on record having admitted he did this, whether or not he enters a “not guilty” plea tomorrow. If this does go to a trial, a jury of his peers could very well state that this type of corporal punishment is acceptable under Texas law. So would a Texas whoopin’ be permissible, but a Minnesota spanking not be?

  18. Those talking negativly about Adrian look into your own hearts about something you do you think is morally the right thing to do but it isn’t. Think about that as you ho to bed at night. If you don’t like this post I get it. Really I do. I get it because you were brought up that way. Fair enough.

  19. why do people presume he is guilty?

    The pictures? Yes, the speak for themselves. I don’t think he denies the claims.

    However, it seems like the question will be “Was the punishment to strict?”. That doesn’t seem clear in this case — based on the people I’ve come across, he’s lucky the case is in Texas rather than Minnesota.

    You may not like what he did, however, the jury may find him not guilty (as previous grand juries refused to bring an indictment).

    Then what does the NFL do?

    If he didn’t break the law (other issues aside) — what’s their response.

    Either way, he’s done as a Viking — it’s in everyone’s best interests for him to move on.

  20. Rusty Hardin has an amazing success rate in high profile cases in Houston..He will walk…

  21. jimbo your comment helps us to better understand your take, even if it is a little twisted. In all seriousness though, just know, that it was wrong for your father and grandfather to dispense their love into you.

  22. Oh for cripes sake, even ax murderers caught with a bloody ax plead not guilty at the initial appearance — it’s all a matter of criminal procedure. That said, if he’s smart he’ll plead this out and start to rehabilitate himself and his image. If he doesn’t, he not only won’t play this year, but he’ll prolong the agony for all concerned.

  23. Only in America can someone admit guilt, then go into a court of law and plead not guilty.

    He is guilty as sin, he deserves to have “the book” thrown at him! Make an example of this poor excuse of a dad.

    As a Vikings fan, I hope he never wears a Purple jersey again. In fact, I hope he never plays pro football again!

  24. I don’t think he is guilty because I saw the photographs. I think he’s guilty because he admitted to doing it.
    What is your reason that he is innocent after he said he did it?

  25. “Those talking negativly about Adrian look into your own hearts about something you do you think is morally the right thing to do but it isn’t. Think about that as you ho to bed at night. If you don’t like this post I get it. Really I do. I get it because you were brought up that way. Fair enough.”

    Bravo!!!! Or in other words for you that do not get it. Let he who is without sin…cast the first stone.

  26. I find it interesting this article acknowledges that if Peterson isn’t found guilty, he shouldn’t get an unpaid suspension. Does anyone else find the hypocricy in that? So you acknowledge that if he’s innocent, then he shouldn’t get penalized. But if he’s simply charged, he shouldn’t get to play for a whole year? I can’t believe how unfair this is to Adrian. Throw in that slander article from yesterday from the local media, it’s hard not to feel bad for this guy. Everyone who goes and puts on their Lesean McCoy or Marshawn Lynch jersey on, just think about that before you cast Adrian into the fire.

  27. have u people already forgotten that he ha admitted he hit his child with a switch which means he’s guilty. no trial in Texas is going to find him innocent already knowing he’s admitted doing it

  28. What is people throwing out character assasination? The pictures and his testimony admitted to everything, the only person who assassinated his character was peterson himself. Based on other things coming out with his foundation, other children abused, 6 different baby mammas, and not even staying for his own sons funeral suggest he has no character.

  29. This is not about “THIS IS AMERICA” or “INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.”

    If the guy is working with his lawyer on a plea deal, it means he’s freaking guilty. Deal with it. I always thought he was a standup guy until all of this happened (hated him as a player, though, since he was so good), and that’s coming from a huge Packers fan, but this is not a witch hunt as all his defenders would like to claim. He beat his children. He committed fraud. He’s arranging a plea deal to get a softer sentence than what would originally have been given.

    It’s not about this being AMURICA, because he’s literally about to admit he did all of this and try to get a better deal.

  30. “Only in America can someone admit guilt, then go into a court of law and plead not guilty.”

    He admitted to whipping the kid and he cooperated fully with the investigation. Why? Because he feels the same way I feel, that a good old fashion butt whipping was in order and if it was good enough for us as children then it is good enough for our kids?

    Maybe you folks with all the rage over this situation need to go get some medications prescribed, because I feel a lot of rage in your comments. Why is that? You don’t know Adrian from a can of paint, but you are acting like he whipped your kid. Why is that? Did you not get a trophy with all the other little kids growing up? Are you one of those types that found out the real world doesn’t just hand out trophies for showing up to work on time? What ever your source of this rage…I really think some of you could benefit from a visit with a good doctor. All this negativity is not good for your heart.

  31. purplezimmerpride:

    LOL, I personally think it is none of our business. Do I agree with dispensing corporal punishment is debatable yes. I just think Adrian thinks what he did was acceptable to him as it is a punishment he recieved as a child. Does it make it right of course it does not. I think what a lot of us are missing is the fact that he cooperated fully with the investigation, including admitting during it that he whipped the kid. He is not pleading not guilty to the whipping but to the abuse which the District Attorney has trumped up. What is really troubling to me is the District Attorney did not get his verdict with the first Grand Jury so he conviened a second one to get the warrant to indict him…just seems a little strange to me. But hey, I just got my butt whipped often as a kid by a lot of folks in my family. I never took it personally because I knew I was in the wrong. If then was now…oh I think my whole family and some of the neighbors would be in jail for the whippings that were dispensed on me.

  32. Holy crap I’ve never read so much ignorance on applying the law and criminal procedure. First, all you Perry Masons, it’s not necessarily whether he admitted to the act, it’s whether those acts and his intent reached the requisite level of criminal harm. That has yet to be admitted. Second, and sorry for both repeating myself and yelling, but EVERY SINGLE DANG CRIMINAL CASE STARTS OUT WITH A NOT GUILTY PLEA AND EVEN INNOCENT PEOPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO RESOLVE THE CLAIM WITH SOME DEGREE OF CERTAINTY.

    Do I believe he’s guilty — yes. Do I believe he deserves his fair legal shake — yes again. Do I believe he deserves a second chance — yes a third time. Should I stop reading these comments — clearly yes.

  33. Non story.

    “IF’ the judge asks for a plea

    And

    ” [and we do expect that to happen], ”

    This is just sensationalism and not a news story.

    “IF” you stuck a microphone in my face
    and
    ” [and we do expect that to happen], ”

    I would tell you so in person

  34. Peterson did NOT plea GUILTY, because he has told the truth from the start about how he whoops his kids and didn’t consider it abuse. That is what he is charged with. He is basically being charged with child abuse that in his mind was the same punishment he received and in his own head believes it kept him from being one of those kids who end up on the streets in lots of trouble.

    Now it’s a matter of the legal process as to what should happen to him in his ignorance of child abuse. Most likely probation and lots of counseling on how you have to raise kids these days without whooping them with switches and the like.

  35. REDSKINSFOREVER says:
    Oct 7, 2014 1:27 PM
    Free AD!!!

    This is America, innocent until proven guilty. Pisses me off the 1st gran jury said no so they convened a second at the sun of what 10 to 20 grand. Most of these charges are dropped to misdemeanor with a small fine a parenting classes. DA must be looking at running for office, classic political move.

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    The DA said reports that an earlier grand jury decided to “no bill” are false. This case has only been brought before a single grand jury.

    Settle down.

  36. You know you have issues when you only care about reading these headlines because you drafted Adrian Peterson in your Fantasy football league

  37. Trumped up charge? That is idiot speak since pictures and admission along with indictment appear to support d.a.

    For those others talking about the first grand jury who knows why the outcome was why it was. With the 2nd there could be more evidence or just a D.A. determined to hold the abuser accountable and not look the other way because he is an NFL player.

  38. Unfortunately the fans in Minnesota will pressure the front office by voicing their displeasure and disgust with Peterson even if he is acquitted of the charges by a Texas Court. The Vikings will have no choice but to release him and he will undoubtedly be picked up by another team perhaps in the Southern region where his actions are not as shocking to them as those pale white folks up north. Falcons, Panthers, Dolphins, Bucs, Saints, Texans, Cowboys fans would all embrace him and in a year from now as he returns to the field and is tearing it up wearing another team’s uniform, by the end of 2015 everyone will be asking, “now remind me again, why did the Vikings get rid of him?” Watch!

  39. It’s always bothered me the court would even consider giving a player a trial date sooner than the average Joe would get just so he can get back on the field or when they move their trial dates so they don’t interfere with their season. It must be nice to have money and power and have the court system accommodate all of your requests.
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    As an American you have a right to a speedy trial, this is something anyone can request and is usually granted unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  40. There was no first and second grand jury. there was only one grand jury.

    Quote from a story easily found by doing a simple google search:

    He also said the evidence was presented to the grand jury over several weeks and was presented to only one grand jury. “It was not shopped around to multiple grand juries,” Grant (The DA) said.

  41. amph16 says:
    Oct 7, 2014 2:24 PM

    This is not about “THIS IS AMERICA” or “INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.”

    If the guy is working with his lawyer on a plea deal, it means he’s freaking guilty. Deal with it. I always thought he was a standup guy until all of this happened (hated him as a player, though, since he was so good), and that’s coming from a huge Packers fan, but this is not a witch hunt as all his defenders would like to claim. He beat his children. He committed fraud. He’s arranging a plea deal to get a softer sentence than what would originally have been given.

    It’s not about this being AMURICA, because he’s literally about to admit he did all of this and try to get a better deal.
    ________

    I think you need to read the article again. He’s not working on a plea deal, he’s planning to plead not guilty.

  42. I’m confused why others feel Adrian is getting prefered treatment in this case?…

    This alleged offense occurred back in May. The prosecutor appears to have sat on it for several months and it finally gets officially charged during the first week of the regular season?… And soon-after a report that Jerry Jones had tampered with him…

    That’s just too ironic!

  43. How much discipline does a 4 year old need? Hitting a child with a stick in the genitals and legs hard enough to break the skin, make him bleed, and bruise him? How can this be justified? Get real. AP needs jail time. No excuse for this behaviour.

  44. vikefan512 says:
    Oct 7, 2014 3:10 PM

    Unfortunately the fans in Minnesota will pressure the front office by voicing their displeasure and disgust with Peterson even if he is acquitted of the charges by a Texas Court. The Vikings will have no choice but to release him and he will undoubtedly be picked up by another team perhaps in the Southern region where his actions are not as shocking to them as those pale white folks up north. Falcons, Panthers, Dolphins, Bucs, Saints, Texans, Cowboys fans would all embrace him and in a year from now as he returns to the field and is tearing it up wearing another team’s uniform, by the end of 2015 everyone will be asking, “now remind me again, why did the Vikings get rid of him?” Watch!
    =========================

    There are many crimes that yes, people do deserve a second chance. However, in my mind – if you harm or sexually abuse a child or a woman, that puts you automatically at the bottom of the feeding pole with NO chance of working your way up.

    If the Vikings take him back, that is their decision though I don’t have to agree with it. I will still cheer for the team, but will never again cheer for Peterson as an individual again nor buy ANYTHING with his name or likeness again. If that means not going to the new stadium, so be it!

  45. The Vikings will overcome the despicable acts of All Day. Not that anyone will be surprised – you tend to get the benefit of the doubt when you are the greatest franchise in professional sports history and have amassed a historic cache of talent.

    When Bridgewater returns this week, the beginning of The Dynasty will resume. Five consecutive Super Bowl championships, at least, and it won’t even be close. Can anyone really even question this? No knowledgable, honest, objective football fan would.

  46. rekehi says: Oct 7, 2014 1:43 PM

    Those talking negativly about Adrian look into your own hearts about something you do you think is morally the right thing to do but it isn’t. Think about that as you ho to bed at night. If you don’t like this post I get it. Really I do. I get it because you were brought up that way. Fair enough.

    Way ahead of you. Did I ever make a child or anyone else bleed to vent my anger? No. I sleep well. As for other players charges, same thing, never hit a woman. I sleep well. Did I ever shoot, stab, or rape? No. I sleep well. Beating children, unacceptable. Shooting someone not threatening me or mine, unacceptable. Stabbing someone not threatening me or mine, unacceptable. Rape, unacceptable. Hitting women, unacceptable. I sleep well.

  47. AP has clearly been found guilty by the court of public opinion but it’s a whole different story with criminal court. Yes, it seems a bit misguided to plead innocent, especially after he admitted he hit the child with a switch hard enough to injure him. But as the legal process unfolds, it should not surprise anyone if AP’s legal beagles try to negotiate for a plea bargain.

  48. You can almost bet the farm the mother has been paid handsomely to have a vague memory. The key in all these abuse cases in to not change your story. If the person starts to hem haw and change story they toss the sucker out.

  49. Jimbo1966Oct 7, 2014 1:14 PM

    Huh, last i checked he was innocent until proven guilty. I do hope the court of public opinion judges you as quickly and as sternly as a lot of you posters have condemed him.
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    In case you were fn visition mars, he already admitted to beating the kid. Pictures prove the kid was beaten. Ya lets consider him innocent.

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