Running back Adrian Peterson has been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence following an incident that occurred in Los Angeles over the weekend.
On Sunday, Peterson and his wife had boarded a flight to Houston that had yet to depart when the event was alleged to have occurred. The plane turned around on the tarmac and Peterson was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport. TMZ was the first to report the story.
“I was literally mind-blown that they took me to jail,” Peterson said via Mark Berman of Fox 26. “They were like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Peterson, but because she had a scratch on her finger, (in) the state of California, we have to take you in.’ I sit there and watch the plane pull back and take off and I’m just like, ‘Wow! I cannot believe this is happening right now. I’m going to jail, and I literally didn’t do anything.’”
Peterson continued to attempt to explain the situation that led up to his arrest. Below is more from his telephone interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“It’s blown out of proportion,” Peterson said in the statement. “Me and the wife got into an argument on the plane. That was pretty much the gist of it. I ended up grabbing her hand and taking her ring off her finger. She didn’t press any charges. The state of California pressed charges because there was a scratch on her hand. Literally that’s why I went to jail, because the ring left a scratch on her finger. We just had a disagreement. I know the headlines: Domestic violence. You’d think I beat her up or something. It was nothing like that.”
Peterson was signed to the Seahawks practice squad this December and appeared in one game for Seattle.
This story is continuing to develop.