Adrian Peterson on his arrest: I had a disagreement with my wife, but I don’t hit women

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Adrian Peterson professed his innocence after being arrested Sunday on a felony domestic violence charge.

The NFL running back was in Los Angeles for pregame Super Bowl festivities and was returning to Houston for a planned Super Bowl party. The plane had pulled out of the gate at Los Angeles International Airport but turned around and returned to the gate, so police could remove Peterson from the plane.

Peterson said he got into an argument with his wife on the plane but denies he did anything that warranted an arrest.

“I was literally mind-blown that they took me to jail,” Peterson told Mark Berman of Fox 26. “They were like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Peterson, but because she had a scratch on her finger, (in) the state of California, we have to take you in.’ I sit there and watch the plane pull back and take off and I’m just like, ‘Wow! I cannot believe this is happening right now. I’m going to jail, and I literally didn’t do anything.’

“It’s blown out of proportion. Me and the wife got into an argument on the plane. That was pretty much the gist of it. I ended up grabbing her hand and taking her ring off her finger. She didn’t press any charges. The state of California pressed charges because there was a scratch on her hand. Literally that’s why I went to jail, because the ring left a scratch on her finger. We just had a disagreement. I know the headlines: Domestic violence. You’d think I beat her up or something. It was nothing like that.”

Peterson blames a passenger behind them for exacerbating the incident, and he hopes charges will be dropped.

“Only thing I will say is it looks horrible because Adrian Peterson arrested for domestic violence,” Peterson told Berman. “I don’t hit women. It’s not that type of situation, and it just looks bad. I’ll deal with it, and God willing get the charges dropped and move on.”

Peterson played in three games for the Titans and one for the Seahawks this season. He has previously played for the Lions, Commanders, Saints, Cardinals and Vikings. He was ineffective in limited action in 2021 and his NFL career likely has come to an end.

38 responses to “Adrian Peterson on his arrest: I had a disagreement with my wife, but I don’t hit women

  1. Three years ago there were reports of him using a switch on his kids and now this incident. I’m seeing a pattern that needs to be addressed.

  2. Stop talking. You admit to grabbing her hand and pulling her rings off. An unwanted physical touching, which is the very definition of battery. Good luck mounting a defense now.

  3. “It wasn’t that bad!! We were just fighting loudly before takeoff, and then I ripped off her wedding ring!! Nothing to see here!”

  4. You took “her” ring. It’s hers and you can’t physically restrain her and cause injury. It’s pretty simple. Keep your hand off of her and you don’t get in trouble. There it is.

  5. This isn’t the first time that AP has allegedly hit someone. Years ago he admitted spanking his son with a belt. He had a great career but I can’t look past someone hitting someone else.

  6. They are both complete idiots to get aggressive (even if just verbally) and fight on an airplane. Calmly use your words and scream all day when you get home.

  7. Get the help you need, AP. You were a great player for a long time; now focus on being a great husband and father.

  8. So you grabbed her hand and yanked a ring off her finger? Yea pal, that’s domestic violence. Stop justifying your actions and learn from them.

  9. If you cannot have a disagreement with your wife without someone calling the police, you might need some self-reflection.

  10. Notice he didn’t say he didn’t hit his wife, he said I don’t hit women. Totaally meaningless statement.

  11. Who fights on a plane? There are strangers right next to you, wouldn’t you think being a celebrity you would act more professional in public?

  12. Peterson is never going to get it. He needs anger management and/or jail. All of the witnesses on the plane will tell the world what really happened.

  13. The first step to making onself better is for a person to admit that they were wrong. Until that happens, there is no hope for improvement.

  14. If he’s having this kind of argument/altercation in the quietest and most public place possible, imagine what is happening behind closed doors to this lady.

  15. Classic abuser statement here. Nothing to see , it was an argument we always have, oh it was the passenger. Total scunbag that needs serious jail time enough already

  16. Nothing good ever comes from anger.

    Letting anger take control over your actions is the sign of a weak mind.

    Smart people don’t get angry….they get even.

  17. This guy has taken to many shots to the head he need mental health help. but they will look past that because of his skills as a football player.

  18. Does Peterson realize that there are a whole bunch of witnesses that saw what he did to his wife? Brushing it off as an “argument” won’t wash,especially since he admitted
    to grabbing his wife’s hand and taking her wedding ring off. Those don’t just slide off,unless they’re too big,which I doubt. That had to be painful.

  19. edelmanfanclub says:
    February 14, 2022 at 1:36 pm
    Let the facts come out or jump to a conclusion

    It sounds like he admitted to the fact that matters. If she chooses to push anything he’s exposed.

  20. He probably fumbled the ring shortly after too. Lock this clown up already. He doesn’t have the bank roll to buy off accusers anymore.

  21. Why the hell would he pull the ring off of her finger? That was a very stupid thing to do, obviously in a fit of rage. Technically, if she wanted to press charges, he could be charged with assault. Mr. Peterson should seriously learn to control his emotions.

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