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Heavily Intoxicated': Video Released of Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson's Arrest


"He looked really scary and I thought he was gonna attack the cops."

(The Blaze/AP) – Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest after an early Saturday morning incident where police say it took three officers to subdue him.

And now you can see part of the altercation on video.

Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith said Peterson was at a downtown nightclub early Saturday morning when an off-duty Houston police officer working security asked Peterson and a group of people he was with to leave because it was closed. The man, who Kese said identified himself as a police officer, left to tell other patrons to leave the club before returning to Peterson's group to again tell them to leave.

Kese said Peterson turned around and told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed him in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Peterson began yelling, pulled away and "assumed an aggressive stance" so another off-duty officer came to help. Peterson continued to struggle with them both.

The 27-year-old player was finally handcuffed with the help of a third off-duty officer. Peterson complained of shortness of breath after he was taken to a Houston jail and was examined by Houston Fire Department personnel, who said that he was OK.

Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, was released from jail Saturday on a $1,000 bond. The charge is a misdemeanor.

Team spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday the Vikings "are aware of the situation and are gathering more information."

Daniel Maher, general manager of the bar, told TMZ that Peterson usually doesn't drink much but on this particular night he was very drunk and "unreasonable" or as TMZ put it, "highly intoxicated."

Maher also said Peterson got into a fighting stance and looked "like he meant bushiness."

"He looked really scary and I thought he was gonna attack the cops," he added.

The NFL star reportedly apologized to cops and informed them he usually doesn't drink after they had him restrained. He was later booked into jail and charged with resisting arrest.

However, now that he has had some time to sleep on it -- including one night in jail -- Peterson is hinting that there may be more to the story by quoting... Winston Churchill?

Multiple news outlets reported that Peterson on Sunday tweeted:

TMZ has also released a video of Peterson's arrest, though it doesn't provide a clear picture of exactly what happened that night. Nonetheless, it can be seen below.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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