Vikings' Adrian Peterson appears in Texas court; case reset

Adrian Peterson appeared in Harris County Criminal Court in Texas on Friday and had his misdemeanor case reset for Aug. 6, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appeared in a Texas court Friday after a Saturday arrest in Houston on a charge of resisting arrest.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appeared in a Texas court Friday after a Saturday arrest in Houston on a charge of resisting arrest. (Andy King/Associated Press)

The Minnesota Vikings' star running back had been charged with resisting arrest early Saturday. He was handcuffed and briefly jailed after a confrontation with an off-duty police officer at the club, then was released on a $1,000 bond.

Carol Cummings, the court coordinator for Judge Natalie Fleming, later confirmed to NFL Network and NFL.com on Friday that the case has been reset. Fleming is currently assigned Peterson's case.

Cummings said that Peterson will be required to appear on Aug. 6, though she added that it will be in a "non-trial" setting. That means Peterson will miss a day of Vikings training camp, which begins on July 26.

Harris County District Attorney's Office spokesman David Benzion said that both sides met before the hearing and agreed on the delay "to ensure that every relevant witness is heard from. All of this is routine."

Peterson and attorney Rusty Hardin arrived early for his initial court hearing on Friday, then left before Judge Natalie Fleming got there. Hardin says he wants prosecutors to gather more information.

Outside the courtroom Friday, Peterson said that he is "200 percent innocent" and that he didn't "push, shove, touch anyone that night, especially an officer."

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"I definitely don't have a problem with the Houston P.D.," Peterson said. "This involves two individual officers that I have an issue with. Once everything is settled and (comes) to a head, the truth will come out."

Hardin, who successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury case, adamantly disputes the police's version of the incident.

"We've told you all along that Adrian never resisted arrest, never pushed or shoved a police officer," Hardin said.

Hardin said Peterson was the victim, not the off-duty officer, and that the star running back was "struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason." Hardin said Peterson "was never objectionable to patrons."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.