Vikings star Adrian Peterson arrested in Houston [UPDATE]
UPDATE (5:15 p.m. ET): More details are emerging on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s early-Saturday morning arrest. Kese Smith, the public information officer for the Houston Police Department, told TMZ that Peterson was arrested after he shoved an off-duty officer who was working as a security guard at a downtown Houston nightclub.
From the TMZ report:
Smith says the officer had to come back and tell Peterson a second time that he needed to leave and Peterson shot back, “Hey man, we heard you the first time!” and pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, causing him to stumble.
Smith says the officer then told Peterson to turn around and put his arms behind his back because he was under arrest and Peterson began yelling at the officer. Smith says the officer repeated himself and that’s when Peterson turned around to face the officer and got in “an aggressive stance.”
Peterson then resisted, and it took three officers to finally detain and arrest him.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m. ET): Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is reporting that the incident involved a dispute between Peterson and Houston police over leaving the club. The incident was caught on video by multiple cell phones. Here are some of the details of what happened:
At closing time, a group of police officers entered the club, and they began instructing the remaining patrons to leave.
Peterson wanted to get some water before he left, but an officer told Peterson that he needed to leave. Some words apparently were exchanged, but Peterson eventually walked to the exit with one of the club’s bouncers.
It’s believed that one of the officers then jumped on Peterson’s back from behind and tried to take him down. (Key word: “tried.”) Other officers then joined the fray and completed the arrest.
ORIGINAL POST: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday in Houston and charged with resisting arrest, according to the Houston Police Department’s official website. He is being held at the Houston Police Department Central Jail on a $1,000 bond.
The Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon reported that Peterson was arrested at 2:30 a.m. at a downtown Houston nightclub in Bayou Place, located at 534 Texas Ave. No other details were immediately available. The listed offense on the HPD’s website is “resist arrest/search unclassified.”
“We are aware of the situation. We will withhold further comment until more information is known,” the Vikings said in a statement.
Peterson had surgery in late December to repair a torn ACL he suffered during the season.