It's so hard to head home at 2 a.m. when you've just started having a good time and the night feels young. But as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson found out, getting physical with an off-duty cop that's trying to get you to leave after closing time won't get you anything but trouble.
Peterson, a native of Palestine, Tex., was arrested in Houston early Saturday morning for resisting arrest and spent the night in jail before being released on $1,000 bond.
According to reports, Peterson was with his girlfriend and several family members at a bar inside downtown's Bayou Place just after 2 a.m. when an off-duty police officer working s a security guard asked them to leave as the bar closed. After the officer repeated his request, Peterson "pushed the officer's shoulder and caused him to stumble."
The officer attemped to place him under arrest, Peterson allegedly resisted and had to be restrained by three off-duty police. Peterson is scheduled to appear in court to answer the Class A misdemeanor charge on July 13.
Brian Murphy of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press says Peterson's arrest is the tenth by a Vikings player in the last 18 months, more than any other NFL team during that time
It's also not the first time an off-duty Houston police officer working at a bar has run into controversy with a professional athlete. Two Houston Dynamo players were arrested outside Roosevelt in February when an officer working security declined to admit their group into the club. Some witnesses claimed the players were denied entry because their party contained several African Americans.