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Vikings' Adrian Peterson Arrested Outside TX Nightclub

By Andrew Lu on July 09, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

It's been a rough offseason for the NFL North. The Detroit Lions have had their fair share of legal troubles ranging from DUIs to drug possessions. Now formerly squeaky clean Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been arrested following an altercation at a Houston nightclub.

Peterson, 27, originally from Palestine, Texas, was allegedly hanging out outside a club right around closing time. An off-duty cop who was working security approached Peterson and his group and told them to leave, reports The Associated Press.

The cop then left to tell some other loiterers to leave before noticing that Peterson and his group had stayed put.

The officer reapproached the Vikings' Adrian Peterson. That's when Peterson allegedly got testy and told the cop that he heard him the first time and shoved the cop on the shoulder, reports the AP.

The cop told Peterson that he was under arrest, and Peterson allegedly began yelling and pulled away. When another off-duty officer came to help, Peterson reportedly took an "aggressive stance" with the second cop.

With the help of a third cop, Peterson was eventually subdued and arrested. He has been charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson could conceivably go to jail for up to a year. However, given Peterson's seemingly clean history and public persona, he'll probably be able to avoid jail and settle for community service with a favorable plea deal.

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