Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday in Houston on a charge of resisting arrest.
He was arrested at around 2:30 a.m. local time and spent eight hours in jail before posting a $1,000 bond.
We are aware of the situation, the Vikings said in a statement released Saturday. We will withhold further comment until more information is known.
The NFL has not released any statement. They have in the past waited on the outcome of the legal process before commenting or in some cases suspending players.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Peterson was at a nightclub with his girlfriend and members of his family when the arrest occurred.
Their source says that police entered the club at closing time in order to get patrons to leave the club. Peterson asked a member of the staff for water, but was denied by a police officer.
Peterson and the officer exchanged words before Peterson headed for the exit. As he was leaving another officer jumped on his back and wrestled him to the ground where he was subsequently joined by several other police.
The source also said that surveillance cameras in the club caught the incident but the video has not been made public.
In Texas a charge of resisting arrest is leveled when: A person commits an offense if he intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he knows is a peace officer or a person acting in a peace officer's presence and at his direction from effecting an arrest, search, or transportation of the actor or another by using force against the peace officer or another.
It is a very broad statute which includes the phrase, It is no defense to prosecution under this section that the arrest or search was unlawful.
The crime is considered to be a class A misdemeanor in Texas, meaning it carries a penalty of a fine not to exceed $4,000 and/or a jail term not to exceed one year.