Ex-NFL MVP Adrian Peterson arrested at LAX over alleged domestic violence incident

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 11:32:41-05

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Adrian Peterson, former NFL MVP and current free agent, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after an alleged domestic violence incident on board a jet.

The incident prompted a departing flight to return to LAX, according to ABC7 News.

About 8:30 a.m., Los Angeles Airport police responded to the plane that had left for Houston, the station reported.

The problem was an alleged verbal and physical altercation between a man and a woman, according to a statement released by the airport police and cited by ABC7.

Peterson, 36, was taken into custody and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division for alleged corporal injury of a spouse.

Peterson posted $50,000 bail and was released shortly before 12:30 p.m, according to jail records.

His wife continued on the flight to Houston.

A representative for Peterson and his wife, Ashley, later told ESPN that the two had a "verbal argument" on the plane. They said Peterson grabbed his wife's wedding ring, scratching Ashley Peterson's finger. The statement also said that Ashley Peterson had not planned to press charges against her husband.

Peterson played in three games for the Tennessee Titans before finishing the 2021 season with the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2014, Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault in connection with an incident where he injured his son. Peterson was sentenced to probation and community service and also paid a fine. The NFL later suspended him for the majority of the 2014 season.

Peterson has amassed 14,918 rushing yards and 120 touchdowns in his 15-year career, both best among active players. He spent most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.