Former Sooner RB Peterson arrested at Houston bar

Former Sooner RB Peterson arrested at Houston bar

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 14: Running back Adrian Peterson of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings stands on the court during halftime as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Miami Heat in Game Two of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 14, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News & Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 7:17 AM

HOUSTON - Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested at a downtown Houston bar early Saturday on a charge of resisting arrest.

Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith said an off-duty Houston police officer working security asked Peterson and the group he was with to leave PBR because it was closing time.

The man, who Kese said identified himself as a police officer, left to tell other patrons to leave the club before returning to Peterson’s group to again tell them to leave.

Kese said Peterson turned around and told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed him in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Peterson began yelling, pulled away and "assumed an aggressive stance" so another off-duty officer came to help. Peterson continued to struggle with them both.

The 27-year-old player was finally handcuffed with the help of a third off-duty officer. Peterson complained of shortness of breath after he was taken to a Houston jail and was examined by Houston Fire Department personnel, who said that he was OK.

Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, was released from jail Saturday on a $1,000 bond. The charge is a misdemeanor.

Team spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday the Vikings "are aware of the situation and are gathering more information."

On Saturday night, football fans outside PBR Bar could not defend the behavior. At the same time, some said even athletes make mistakes.

“It happens to us all,” Mike Evans said. “But for every action, there is a reaction and that’s where we have got to set the bar.”

“They’re human,” said Darae McNair. “We put a lot of emphasis on them, but they are human.”

Peterson ran for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns last season before tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee Dec. 24. The injury-shortened season broke a streak of four straight seasons with at least 1,200 yards rushing for the former Oklahoma standout.

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