Vikings RB Adrian Peterson at court: I'm 200 percent innocent
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- We may have to wait longer to find out exactly what happened inside a Houston night club that led to the arrest of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson. The NFL running back appeared in a Harris County courtroom Friday morning.
The court appearance was brief and the judge wasn't even there, because prosecutors and Peterson's attorney agreed to postpone the hearing so that prosecutors can further investigate what did or did not happen inside a Houston night club last Saturday.
Walking out of court with his girlfriend, parents, and other family members, Adrian Peterson was emphatic that he shouldn't be there.
He said, "I would just like to ensure to my family and my friends and all of my fans that I'm 110 percent, 200 percent innocent."
Peterson was arrested for resisting arrest last weekend. Houston police say he shoved an off-duty officer working security after that officer had asked Peterson to leave the club which had closed for the night. Peterson denies it.
"I didn't push, shove, touch anything to anyone that night, especially an officer," he said. "I definitely don't have a problem with the Houston PD."
Peterson's attorney is Rusty Hardin, who has defended other high-profile athletes, including most recently Roger Clemens, found not guilty last month of lying to Congress.
"We've told you all along that Adrian never resisted arrest, never pushed, shoved a police officer," Hardin insisted.
Peterson is a native Texan who played his college football at Oklahoma and was a first round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. Training camp for the 2012 season begins in two weeks.
Peterson said, "This involves two individual officers that I have an issue with. Once everything is settled and to a head, the truth will come out."
Hardin told us on Friday afternoon that they selected a court date on a Monday in August so that Peterson could fly in on Sunday, appear in court and then return to training camp, only missing one day with his team.
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