NFL Star Arrested, Dragged Off Flight For Domestic Violence After Confrontation With Wife

NFL star Adrian Peterson, 36, is out on $50,000 bail after being arrested for an altercation with his wife on board a plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.

According to ESPN, Los Angeles Airport Police received a call about a domestic violence incident on board a flight to Houston which had yet to take off.

Police said in a statement that they responded to “a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim.” The other party was Ashley Peterson, Adrian’s wife.

The free-agent running back was subsequently booked at the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division and released Sunday afternoon.

The plane was able to continue on to its destination with Ashley Peterson on board after her husband was removed and arrested.

Peterson, who played sparingly during the 2021 NFL season — he played three games with the Tennessee Titans and one with the Seattle Seahawks — is still considered one of the most explosive running backs in league history.

He’s one of only eight backs to rush for 2,000 yards; his 2,097 yards in the 2012 season is the second-most in NFL history to Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 yards in 1984. He also holds the record for most yards in a game with a 296-yard performance in 2007, his rookie year with the Minnesota Vikings.

However, this isn’t Peterson’s first brush with the law.

In 2014, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in a case where he faced felony child abuse charges.

In that case, he used a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son, which resulted in serious injuries all over his body.

Peterson was sentenced to two years of probation, $4,000 in fines and 80 hours of community service; the NFL would suspend him for the remainder of the season.

However, he might not be facing charges this time; a representative for the Petersons said Ashley only “had a verbal altercation” on board the plane and a source told ESPN Ashley didn’t plan on pressing charges.

“Peterson grabbed her wedding ring and scratched her finger, a source close to the Petersons said, and the plane then returned to the gate,” ESPN reported.

At least for right now, however, Peterson has a court date on June 16. The running back says he plans to play in the NFL next season, although it’s unclear what team is going to take a chance on him after yet another serious legal entanglement.