The Minnesota Vikings running back -- who is facing a charge of resisting arrest -- has lawyered up with Rusty Hardin, attorney-at-law and Roger Clemens' knight in shining armor. Hardin released a statement Monday blasting both the Houston Police Department's conduct and its investigation. He was at it again during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN's "NFL Live."
Hardin reaffirmed that Peterson was only in the Live! at Bayou Place club for "30 to 40 minutes," and made it clear that the only person to suffer physical injury at the club was Peterson, not the off-duty cops who claim the Pro Bowl running back was aggressive with them.
"When it's all said and done, (Peterson's) going to be the victim, not the police officer," Hardin said.
Nelson Peterson, Adrian's father, told the Pioneer Press on Monday that Peterson sustained a black eye in the scuffle with police. Hardin clarified it's not a serious injury.
"We're talking about bruises," Hardin said. "We're not talking about anything that will affect his ability to play or anything like that."
Hardin explained the uphill battle Peterson has faced since the news of his arrest broke Saturday.
"In the day of instant communication, once the accusation's out there, it takes a hell of a ride to overcome it."
Hardin has painted the entire situation as a fiasco. Of course, that's also his job.