High-profile attorney Rusty Hardin, who is representing Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, on Monday called the facts presented against his client a “total fabrication.”
Peterson, 27, hired Hardin to represent him after the player was charged Saturday with resisting arrest following an incident at a Houston-area nightclub early that morning.
Peterson tweeted Sunday he was confident the “truth will surface,” and Hardin making Peterson’s case Monday.
“Adrian Peterson did not resist arrest this past Saturday morning and any suggestion that he pushed, struck or shoved a Houston Police Officer is a total fabrication,” Hardin said in a statement. “He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor.”
Police spokesman Kese Smith said Saturday that Peterson shoved an off-duty office working security at a nightclub. Smith said the officer asked Peterson and his group to leave the club because it was closing. The officer moved on to tell other patrons to leave, but Smith said the officer then returned to Peterson’s group. According to Smith, Peterson allegedly told the officer he had heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer identified himself, Smith said, then told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back.
Peterson began yelling and “assumed an aggressive stance,” the police spokesman said, so another off-duty officer offered help. The player continued to struggle with the officers until a third off-duty officer joined the fray and helped put Peterson in handcuffs.
Peterson, however, has a different version of the events at the club and hired Hardin to defend him. Hardin, a Houston-based attorney, recently defended major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in his high-profile perjury trial.
“We have been investigating what happened since Saturday afternoon,” Hardin said in his statement, “and it is absolutely clear to me that the charges should not have been filed, and the Bayou Club owes Adrian an apology for having put out a totally false version of what happened.
“Adrian Peterson does not act the way he has been described in the initial reports, and he did not act that way Saturday morning. He was only in that club for 30 to 40 minutes, was never objectionable to other patrons, and never physically resisted any police officer.
“Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations. These charges are totally at odds with the way he has conducted himself throughout his career, and he asks that his fans and the public at large reserve judgment until they hear all the facts. Adrian looks forward to his day in court.”
Peterson was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable in Texas with up to one year in county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000 or up to two years of community supervision.
A hearing for Peterson’s case is scheduled for Friday in Harris County court.
Peterson’s only public response came in a pair of tweets Sunday afternoon.
“Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface,” Peterson wrote on his Twitter page (@AdrianPeterson).
He also tweeted a quote from Winston Churchill: “‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.’ WC”