July 10th, 2012 by faye
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly shoved a police officer who is off-duty in a Houston bar on Saturday, which then led to his arrest.
According to reports from the Houston Police Department, Kese Smith, a PIO for the Houston PD said that an off-duty police officer was working security for the club Live at Bayou Place when closing time for the club approached and he subsequently told several patrons that it was time to go home. The police officer had to go back a second time to tell Adrian Peterson that he needed to leave already, when suddenly the 27-year-old football player said, “Hey man, we heard you the first time!” and then pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, resulting in the officer to stumble down.
After that, the officer told Peterson that he was under arrest and asked him to turn around and put his arms behind his back. The football star then began shouting at the officer. Smith said the off-duty officer repeated himself, causing Adrian Peterson to turn around, face the officer and got in “an aggressive stance.” A second off-duty police officer then came over to assist, but the football player still resisted arrest, ignoring a lot of verbal warnings given to him. When a third officer came, they were finally able to arrest Peterson and take him to custody.
When they arrived at the police station, Adrian Peterson was said to have complained of a shortness of breath. A medical team subsequently examined him, and he turned out to be okay.
According to the club where he was arrested, the football star was heavily drunk at the time of his arrest. Live at Bayou Place general manager Daniel Maher said that Peterson has been to the club before, but was never known to drink too much — until the incident on Saturday.
Maher also added that Adrian Peterson was making people at the bar angry by throwing his ego around, resulting in them putting the NFL player at the VIP area. When the bar was about to close, Peterson allegedly rushed over the bar and tried to have one last drink. When his request was not granted, Peterson “tried to intimidate the bartender” into selling it to him. Maher said that was when he intervened, but Adrian Peterson continued to be “unreasonable.” The off-duty police officer then intervened as well and that as when Peterson pushed him, as the statement above said.
Maher added that when the officers subdued Adrian Peterson, the NFL star apologized for his behavior and told the police he doesn’t usually drink.