Adrian Peterson after his arrest: “I don’t hit women”

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Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson insists he did nothing to warrant Sunday’s arrest in Los Angeles on a domestic violence charge.

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“I don’t hit women,” the free agent running back told Fox 26 from Houston on Monday.

Peterson, 36, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport following an incident that allegedly occurred as his plane was due to take off for Houston. Police were alerted and the plane returned to the gate “due to a suspected verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim,” according to NFL.com.

Police investigated and removed Peterson from the plane. He was later released after posting $50,000 bond.

Peterson told Fox 26 that although he argued with his wife, Ashley, the incident was “overblown”.

“I was literally blown away that they took me to jail,” Peterson said. “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’m sitting there and watching the plane roll back and taking off and I’m like, ‘Wow! I can’t believe this is happening right now. I’m going to jail and I literally haven’t done anything.

” It’s exaggerated. My wife and I argued on the plane. That was pretty much the main thing. I ended up grabbing her hand and pulling her ring off her finger. She did not file a complaint. The State of California sued because she had a scratch on her hand. That’s literally 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 or something. It was nothing like that.

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Peterson said he hoped the charges would be dropped.

“The only thing I will say is it looks awful because Adrian Peterson was arrested for domestic violence,” Peterson said. “I don’t hit women. It’s not that kind of situation, and it just looks bad. I’ll deal with it, and God willing to drop the charges and move on.

Peterson was charged with child abuse in 2014 and ultimately did not contest a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. He was fined, placed on probation and assigned to community service. The NFL suspended him for the 2014 season.

Peterson, who spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks last season, ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,918 career rushing yards. He has already declared his interest in playing next season.

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