Adrian Peterson was arrested around 2:30 a.m. CDT early Saturday morning in Houston.
The Palestine, TX native was charged of resisting arrest, a spokesman told NFL.com. After spending the night in jail at the Houston Police Department, he was released on a $1,000 bond at 10:41 a.m., according to the spokesman.
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle first reported the arrest Saturday via Twitter.
While details are still coming in, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ProFootballTalk.com that the incident culminating in Peterson’s arrest was captured by one or more surveillance cameras.
According to the source, Peterson and his girlfriend, along with some family members were at a Houston nightclub when a group of police officers entered the club at closing time and began instructing the remaining patrons to leave.
“It’s believed that one of the officers then jumped on Peterson’s back from behind and tried to take him down,” Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com writes. ”(Key word: ’tried.’) Other officers then joined the fray and completed the arrest.”
“We are aware of the situation,” the Vikings said in a statement. ”We will withhold further comment until more information is known.”
Multiple witnesses recorded portions of the incident with their phones, but it’s currently believed that the best view of the interaction between police and Peterson will come from the surveillance camera(s).
The jail booking lists the offense description as “Resist arrest/Search-Unclassified.”
Peterson, 27, has spent the offseason working his way back from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered at the end of the 2011 season. The 6-1, 217-pound star running back has spoken repeatedly of returning to the field in time for the season opener.
Last season, Peterson (aka A.P. or A.D. short for “All Day”) signed a seven-year, $96 million contract before rolling out 970 yards and 12 touchdowns on 208 carries (4.7 YPC) in 12 games (all starts) in 2011.
In five seasons, he’s registered 6,752 yards and 64 scores on 1,406 attempts (4.8 YPC) with 137 receptions for 1,309 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Albeit he had 20 fumbles in his first three seasons, Peterson has fixed his Achilles’ heel, committing only two fumbles over the past two seasons. Time will tell how well he bounces back from injury and this added distraction.
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