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Adrian Peterson: I didn’t push, shove, touch anyone

Adrian Peterson, Rusty Hardin

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, leaves a Houston courtroom with his attorney Rusty Hardin, Friday, July 13, 2012, in Houston. Peterson had a hearing set for August on charges of resisting arrest. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


After he appeared briefly in court on Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spoke to reporters and continued to maintain his innocence on charges that he resisted arrest after shoving an off-duty police officer in a Houston bar.

“I would just like to assure my family, my friends, and all my fans that I’m 110 percent -- 200 percent -- innocent,” Peterson said. “I didn’t push, shove, touch, anything to anyone that night, especially an officer.”

Peterson hired attorney Rusty Hardin, who has insisted that it was the police officers -- not Peterson -- who acted badly during the incident in question. Peterson made clear, however, that his issue is only with the two officers who were working security at the bar that night, and not with the Houston Police Department.

“I definitely don’t have a problem with the Houston P.D. This involves two individual officers that I have an issue with,” Peterson said. “Once everything is settled, the truth will come out.”

If the case isn’t dropped before then, Peterson’s next court date is set for August 6.