Houston police anticipate a fine for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stemming from his weekend arrest in Texas for resisting arrest. Meanwhile, Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, reportedly said the allegation that Peterson shoved a police officer is a "complete fabrication." According to NFL.com, Hardin released a statement on Monday that blames the police. "Adrian Peterson did not resist arrest this past Saturday morning and any suggestion that he pushed, struck or shoved a Houston police officer is a total fabrication," the statement reads. "He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor. "We have been investigating what happened since Saturday afternoon, and it is absolutely clear to me that the charges should not have been filed, and the Bayou Club owes Adrian an apology for having put out a totally false version of what happened. Adrian Peterson does not act the way he has been described in the initial reports and he did not act that way Saturday morning. "He was only in that club for 30 to 40 minutes, was never objectionable to other patrons and never physically resisted any police officer. Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations. These charges are totally at odds with the way he has conducted himself throughout his career, and he asks that his fans and the public at large reserve judgment until they hear all the facts. Adrian looks forward to his day in court." A spokesman told NFL Network Peterson is very likely to be fined because he's facing a misdemeanor charge. Peterson was arrested early Saturday at a Houston nightclub for resisting arrest. He spent the night in jail and was released on a $1,000 bond. A police spokesman said Peterson pushed an off-duty police officer who was working security. Peterson tweeted a pair of brief responses on Sunday. First he quoted Winston Churchill: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. WC." Shortly after that, he tweeted: "Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface." Peterson is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery and hopes to be ready to play in the season-opener.
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