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East Texan, Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Arrested

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Minnesota Vikings running back and East Texas native Adrian Peterson was arrested in Houston early this morning, allegedly for pushing an off-duty police officer and resisting arrest — this according to multiple news reports.

Peterson, who graduated from Palestine High School in 2004 as the No. 1 high school football recruit in the country, was booked on a $1,000 bond, which he later posted.

TMZ is quoting representatives from Live at Bayou Place in Houston who are saying Peterson was heavily intoxicated before his arrest and tried to intimidate his way into getting a final drink before closing time. When the bartender refused to serve him, Peterson allegedly was ready to fight and pushed an off-duty police officer in the process.

Peterson was subdued by three officers and reportedly apologized for his behavior, saying he usually doesn’t drink. The club’s general manager, Daniel Maher, told TMZ the amount Peterson drank last night was unusual for the NFL All-Pro running back.

Peterson, who was charged with a misdemeanor and is due in court Friday (July 13), is currently rehabbing major knee damage after tearing his ACL and MCL last season, in which he rushed for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns for Minnesota.

ESPN says the Vikings ”are aware of the situation and are gathering more information,” quoting team spokesman Bob Hagan. If convicted, Peterson could be subject to punishment from the NFL and its personal conduct policy, although this is the first such incident in which Peterson has been involved.

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