HOUSTON (WCCO/AP) — A Houston Police Department spokesperson said Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday morning for resisting arrest, according to CBS-affiliate KHOU.
Peterson was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday after being at a nightclub in downtown Houston, police say.
Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, remains in a Houston jail on a $1,000 bond, according to information on the Houston Police Department website.
Team spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday that the Vikings “are aware of the situation and are gathering more information.”
According to Jerome Solomon, the Houston Chronicle columnist who broke the story, Peterson was out with his girlfriend and family at the nightclub, when police arrived, telling everyone to get out.
Peterson wanted to get a drink of water first, according to Solomon, and an officer told him to leave. Peterson tried to leave and was walking out with a bouncer, when the officer allegedly jumped him from behind. Others officers joined in the effort.
“Either came from out of the blue, as if Adrian was trying to get away from something, or in the back and forth of the wording, the police officer decided, ‘I’m going to arrest the guy because I don’t like what he said,'” Solomon said.
Sources close to WCCO sports’ Mike Max say that Peterson was not physical, and he is upset with how he was treated by one officer in particular.
Solomon said the officer was probably not on duty, but hired by the club for security. He said that is a common practice there.
He also said there is surveillance tape of the incident.
“My guess is that the police are going to say, ‘We told him to stop, and he didn’t, so we took him down,'” he said.
Peterson will remain in Houston for the next couple of days to meet with his lawyers. They are interested in talking to specific witnesses as soon as Sunday.
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