Adrian Peterson charges dropped in police assault case

Adrian Peterson charges dropped in police assault case (Photo Courtesy Mike Morbeck)


Charges against Peterson to be dropped

Charges of resisting arrest filed against NFL star Adrian Peterson have been dropped, according to one of the attorneys for the Minnesota Vikings running back, Derek Hollingsworth.

According to ESPN, the misdemeanor charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 7, 2012, when Peterson left a Houston club intoxicated and reportedly got into an altercation with a police officer who tried to detain him.

The officer, who was off duty and working security at the club, reported he was telling Peterson and his friends to leave because the club was closing when the NFL star shoved him. He was arrested and jailed before paying a $1,000 bond for his release.

On Tuesday during a grand jury hearing, Peterson denied all charges, saying he never laid a hand on the man and never pushed or shoved anyone inside or outside the club.

Peterson’s Houston-based lawyer, Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associated LLP, said the grand jury found no probable cause and that the official motion to dismiss will be filed Wednesday.

“But that’s just a technicality to get it off the docket,” Hardin told NFL.com and NFL Network. “It’s over.”

“We always said he didn’t act out, he didn’t push the officer,” Hardin said. “They had six officers working that night; two acted out of line. We thought when a group of citizens heard it all, we were confident he’d be found not guilty.”

Adrian Peterson charges are expected to be dropped formally on Wednesday this week.

After getting the news, Peterson texted an ESPN reporter, “They dropped the charges. Thank God.”

The Vikings have a bye this week.