The Houston Chronicle reported earlier today that Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest Saturday morning. The arrest happened at 2:30 am at Bayou Place, 534 Texas Ave.
The Houston Police Department has been mum on the arrest and Peterson was not charged with any other offenses.
The only details that we’ve been able to find on the arrest come via a source that spoke with Pro Football Talk.
Here’s what the source had to say:
According to the source, Peterson, his girlfriend, and some family members were at a nightclub in Houston. 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.
Peterson was charged with resisting arrest, which implies he was being arrested for something else. He is charged for now with no other crime.
There is reportedly surveillance video of the incident as well as cell phone video. Once it becomes available we will bring it to you.
UPDATE: According to TMZ, police contend that Peterson shoved an off-duty policeman.
Kese Smith, the PIO for the Houston PD, tells TMZ an off-duty police officer was working security for the club Live! at Bayou Place when closing time approached and he told various patrons it was time to leave.
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.”
Smith says a second off-duty cop came over to assist, but Peterson continued to resist, ignoring several verbal warnings.
More details as they become available.