I don't have any pictures, but my sources with the Minnesota Vikings confirm that yesterday morning QB Christian Ponder was seen racing through Winter Park, the Vikings training facility, crying and yelling "Peter-san! Peter-san!"* before finally being tackled and sedated:
Adrian Peterson spent Saturday morning in a Houston jail after police said the Vikings star pushed an officer and resisted arrest at a nightclub.
The incident landed Peterson in custody until he posted a $1,000 bond a few hours later. The four-time All-Pro running back now awaits a Friday appearance in Harris County Criminal Court.
Police say Peterson, 27, was with a group of people sitting next to the bar at Live! at Bayou Place in downtown Houston. At 2 a.m., an off-duty police officer working security told them they had to leave because the club was closing. The officer left the group to tell other clubgoers to exit, and when he returned a short time later, Peterson and the group hadn't moved, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
The officer again asked the group to leave.
"Peterson told the officer the group had heard them the first time and pushed him in the shoulder, causing him to stumble," Smith said.
Hard to say what the real deal is here. I've seen too many dickhead off-duty cops working as bouncers to give them the benefit of the doubt. I think some of those guys do that work because it gives them a chance to fight without all the messy paperwork after the fact. Just a suspicion.
We'll have to see how it works out. I will take a moment here though, to mention a pet peeve of mine that is visible in the following paragraph:
Peterson, who lists an Oklahoma address, was then booked and formally charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Smith said that Peterson could have been charged with assaulting an officer, but the district attorney approved the single charge.
Bullshit. Ten bucks says the DA dropped the assaulting an officer charge because he knew it was so flimsy he would get laughed out of court. That same ten bucks says Petersen knew it was true too, which is why he objected to being arrested.
If it were up to me, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to charge someone with resisting arrest without another charge that justifies the arrest in the first place. The current system makes it too easy for an unscrupulous cop to hassle someone on some flimsy basis and then goad them into resisting.
Putting someone under arrest is a big deal. If the reason for the arrest is too flimsy to bring to court, then maybe that arrest should be resisted.
*See "The Green Berets"