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Adrian Peterson

The SMILEY Mug Shot

[UPDATE]

7/9/2012 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Adrian Peterson and the smiley mug shot
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2:20 PM PT -- Peterson has lawyered up ... and his new attorney, Rusty Hardin, has released a statement ... claiming the NFL star did NOTHING wrong. In fact, Peterson claims HE is the real victim:

 "Adrian Peterson did not resist arrest this past Saturday morning and any suggestion that he pushed, struck or shoved a Houston Police officer is a total fabrication."

The statement continues, "He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor."

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TMZ has obtained Adrian Peterson's mug shot ... taken moments after the NFL superstar was arrested for resisting arrest in Houston, Texas last week.

Peterson -- sporting a goofy smile -- was arrested after allegedly shoving an off-duty police officer in a Houston nightclub early Thursday morning.

The general manager of the nightclub tells TMZ ... Peterson was HAMMERED that night ... which is completely out of character for the Minnesota Vikings running back, who has a reputation for being a very low-key guy.

We're told Peterson apologized to police after the incident.

He later tweeted, "Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface."

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1.

Max    

Predicting a 'prescription drug interaction' excuse coming in 3,2,1...

774 days ago
2.

haskel420    

NFL SHOULD FIRE HIM AND TEACH ALL ATHLETES A LESSON.. PUT THAT STUFF IN THEIR CONTRACTS.. NO ARRESTS OR ELSE UR FIRED.. NO MATTER WHAT

774 days ago
3.

Pudding Tang    

It was drunken stupor time before it's time to play ball next month. Shameful behavior in my home state, regardless!

774 days ago
4.

Kenneth34    

This guy is such a douche bag

774 days ago
5.

Christian    

of course he is smiling, he knows he will get away with everything he did, just like all celebrities do.

774 days ago
6.

bjay    

That photo does not show someone who is hammered.

774 days ago
7.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Looks nothing like a hammered Viking. Unless, he's a light weight.

774 days ago
8.

DaveT    

Say cheeee-eeeese!

774 days ago
9.

Joe    

remind me to not add him to my fantasy team

774 days ago
10.

kerrplunk    

This is the look of a man on a mission! Calling all cars...

774 days ago
11.

Ronald    

He look the same way in his graduation picture. Now it time to play some football.

774 days ago
12.

JimmerUno    

Not Hammered in the least....

774 days ago
13.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Frigging fugly dufus idiot. Probably bitch out with a typical celeb excuse.

774 days ago
14.

obviouslybored    

That's a drunk mug shot? I don't think so. Looking more like an off duty police officer with a chip on his shoulder.

774 days ago
15.

Pderk    

He looks like the dragon from "How to Train Your Dragon"

774 days ago
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