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The latest on Adrian Peterson: Mugshot released, attorney hired

Posted by: under Vikings, Adrian Peterson Updated: July 9, 2012 - 10:41 AM

What's next in the Adrian Peterson saga? Two days after Peterson was arrested outside of Live! at Bayou Place in Texas and charged with resisting arrest, the Houston Police Department has released Peterson's mug shot, a photo the Vikings' star won't likely be framing above his mantel anytime soon.

See for yourself.

More significantly, Peterson has also found counsel to lead him through the aftermath of his weekend detainment. According to ESPN, Peterson has hired attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him. Hardin recently defended Roger Clemens in his congressional perjury trial. Clemens, charged with lying to Congress with denials that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his baseball career, was acquitted in that case last month.

As for Peterson, he has hired Hardin to deal with far less severe charges. Peterson's weekend arrest came after an altercation at Live! at Bayou Place. Authorities alleged the standout running back refused to leave the nightclub when asked. Police also contend Peterson became physical with security, leading to his arrest. He was released on $1,000 bond early Saturday and faces a Friday appearance in Harris County Criminal Court.

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