Adrian Peterson has always gone above and beyond since he donned the Purple and Gold back in 2007.
All time single season game rushing record? Check.
Most fearsome runner in the NFL? Check.
Near maniacal will and drive to return from a gruesome knee injury last December? Check.
Going as hard to prove his innocence off the field as he does to punish defenders on it? Check and check.
AP is probably one of the most driven and motivated people in the NFL. When he was arrested after the nightclub incident, I just shrugged my shoulders and said 'oh, well. If he can play, great. If not, whatever.'
That is decidedly not the opinion AP has of the situation.
(Peterson's attorney Rusty) Hardin calls the shoving allegations a "fabrication" and says officers struck Peterson at least twice that morning. One option for Peterson, a first-time offender, is a settlement that allows him to walk away quietly, perhaps with probation and community service.
That doesn't seem to be Peterson's play.
"There's always the temptation factor of convenience moving forward, but he's adamant he didn't do anything wrong," Hardin said.
Peterson's next court appearance is scheduled for August 6th, and it might require him to miss one day of training camp, according to his attorney Rusty Hardin. But if they can arrange it with the courts, they might be able to avoid that.
I still don't really care what happened that night in Houston, but I will tell you this--if AP got framed, or wrongfully arrested, and he's got his sights set on righting a wrong, well, I feel more sorry for two cops than I did for William Gay when he got in AP's way in Pittsburgh a few years back.