Adrian Peterson (Tim Yotter/Viking Update)
Adrian Peterson remains “200 percent” confident he will win his court battle. Meanwhile, Percy Harvin reported to camp and Leslie Frazier said the issues have been worked out, Chad Greenway’s father is doing better and Bryant McKinnie is a training camp story once again.
Less than 20 days after his arrest on charges of resisting arrest in Houston, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reported to training camp confident he would avoid being convicted – either by having the charges dropped or by being acquitted of them.
Peterson repeated what he said after emerging from the courthouse following what was supposed to be his first court date earlier this month – he’s “200 percent” confident the charges won’t stick.
“200 percent. I’m confident,” he said.
“Wrong is wrong and right is right. I did nothing wrong in this.”
Peterson was at a downtown Houston nightclub the weekend following the Fourth of July 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, whom a Houston Police Department spokesperson 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.
According to the police account, Peterson turned around and told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed him in the shoulder, causing the officer to stumble. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Peterson “assumed an aggressive stance,” according to the police report, and another off-duty officer came to help and Peterson continued to struggle with them both.
Peterson denied the police account, saying he didn’t shove the officer, and his high-profile lawyer, Rusty Hardin, went on several radio stations saying he had independent witnesses to back Peterson’s version of the story.
His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 6, when the Vikings are scheduled to have training camp practices in the morning and afternoon. If prosecutors continue to pursue the charges, Peterson may have to fly back to Houston.
“It’s a possibility. That is something that I will let my attorney handle and I will know when that time comes around, but hopefully it gets dismissed,” Peterson said.
Peterson said things have been “pretty laid back” with the case back home in Houston lately.
“The situation is what it is and I haven’t lost any sleep over it,” he said. “I know in due time things will get handled and justice will be served. It’s an unfortunate situation, but I feel like everything works itself out.”
HARVIN REPORTS, DOESN’T ELABORATE
Receiver Percy Harvin showed up by the 4 p.m. deadline for Vikings players to report to training camp, but he didn’t have enough time to talk to reporters after checking in and before his first meeting.
Harvin said during minicamp in June that he had some issues with the team that he wasn’t happy about, but he wouldn’t get into specifics. He then asked for a trade and didn’t practice the following day. On the third day of minicamp, he showed up but declined an interview request after practice.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he and Harvin have talked a few times since and ironed out the issues.
“We’ve had good conversations,” Frazier said Thursday. “He’s looking forward to getting down here and having a great training camp. Obviously, we want him to do well. He’s a key part of what we want to get done here in Mankato and into the season, but all is good.”
One of those conversations took place when Frazier and Harvin happened to be at the same barber shop in the Twin Cities metro area. Frazier joked that he and Harvin pulled their chairs closer together.
“I feel good with where things are with Percy. We’ve had some good conversations over the summer and excited that he’s here, excited that we’re all going to be here,” Frazier said. “The fact that every member of our team is going to be here, the guys we are counting on … everybody seems to be in the right frame of mind, including Percy. It’s exciting.”
Interestingly, Frazier said he is still counting on Harvin to be a leader, despite his trade request.
“I think one of the things you have to be able to do in Percy’s case is be the Percy that we all
know. His teammates respect him so much. So does our coaching staff,” Frazier said. “He’s a guy who has been there and we were able to count on a season ago when we had, as you guys know, a ton of injuries and really a tough situation.
“He was one of the guys we could count on throughout the year and if he can continue to be that person that his teammates can trust and can count on and do the things he has done for us in the past, I won’t see any problems with Percy because we know that he loves the game. He has a passion for the game. He wants to bring a championship to Minnesota, and when that’s the case we can all work towards the same common goal. All of us are working towards bringing a championship to Minnesota and that’s where he is and that tells me that he has a chance to be the type of leader he can be.”
Harvin is expected to address the media after one of Friday’s practices.
Former Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was placed on the reserve/did not report list for the Baltimore Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh said he didn’t know when McKinnie might show up, according to Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson. McKinnie showed up for Vikings training camp out of shape last year and was placed on the reserve list before the team ultimately decided to release him.
Linebacker Chad Greenway said his father is doing better in his battle with cancer.
“My dad’s actually feeling really well. He’s stable, he’s felt the best he has now than the last three months,” Greenway said. “That’s excellent for me cause once you sort of kick this day off then you don’t have another opportunity to go home for any amount of time. I’m really glad he’s doing well and hope that that obviously continues.”
Greenway missed most of the team’s organized team activities while tending to family matters but was a full participant in minicamp.
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