NFL Running Back Adrian Peterson Arrested at LAX for Allegedly Assaulting Wife on Plane

NFL free agent running back Adrian Peterson was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after reporting “a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim” on a plane, NYPD say. airport.

The plane, already on the tarmac, returned to the gate, where Peterson was booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence to a spouse. He was later released on $50,000 bail and was due in court on June 16.

A rep for Peterson and his wife, Ashley Brown Peterson, told ESPN in a statement that the two “had a verbal argument” on the plane.

“This is a private misunderstanding between husband and wife and we anticipate it will all be resolved shortly,” the Petersons’ rep said.

The two were returning home to Houston after attending pre-Super Bowl events in Los Angeles. Peterson’s wife continued her flight to Houston.

Peterson was charged with child abuse in 2014 for using a light switch to spank his then 4-year-old son, leaving him cut and bruised, according to ESPN. Peterson did not contest a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. He was sentenced to two years probation, a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. The NFL suspended him for a year.

Peterson’s 2-year-old son, Tyrese Ruffin, was fatally beaten in 2013 by Joseph Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese’s mother, Ashley Doohen. Peterson had only recently learned that he was Tyrese’s father and had first met him on life support.

Patterson was sentenced to life without parole

Peterson, a 15-year NFL veteran, finished last season on the injured list with the Seattle Seahawks. The team signed him to their practice squad late last year after playing three games with the Tennessee Titans.

He played 10 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings until 2017. After that, he played for the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Washington.

Peterson was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2012, when he played for the Vikings.


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