The attorney for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is now claiming that police officers hit his client.
“He has the kind of injuries that are suffered sometimes in a scuffle,” Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin told the NFL Network. “He was hit a couple of times in the head, up near his eyes, and has bruises there and on his cheekbone. There was no reason for any officer to be hitting him, which they did.”
Peterson was charged with resisting arrest for allegedly shoving and yelling at an off-duty officer in a Houston nightclub last weekend. Houston police say Peterson struggled as three officers tried to handcuff him. But Harden said Peterson wasn’t the aggressor.
“The initial reports were clearly wrong as to what happened,” Harden said. “He wasn’t refusing to leave, he was leaving when he was placed under arrest. He did have some words with a police officer, but not anything that justifies an arrest. He certainly didn’t do anything physical towards them.”
If Peterson is found guilty he could face up to a one-year jail sentence and a $4,000 fine.