Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stands to leave the
courtroom after making his first court appearance Wednesday,
Oct. 8, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. Judge Kelly Case tentatively
set a Dec. 1 trial date for Peterson on a charge of felony
child abuse for using a wooden switch to discipline his
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be arrested anew
after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse
charge that he had "smoked a little weed" while out on
bond, Texas prosecutors said Thursday.
In a court
motion, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said
Peterson allegedly told a worker conducting his urinalysis exam
during a Wednesday court appearance that he had smoked marijuana.
Bond terms typically include not taking any illegal drugs.
"In light of
this statement, and the fact that it was made during the
urinalysis testing process, and the term 'weed' is a common slang
term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked
marijuana while on bond," the district attorney's office
currently free on a $15,000 bond after he was indicted last month
on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch
to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban
Houston. Peterson has said he never intended to harm his son and
was only disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child
growing up in East Texas. He faces up to two years in prison and a
$10,000 fine if convicted.
Peterson is on
paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL
commissioner until the legal case is resolved. Vikings coach Mike
Zimmer said he had no comment when asked about it after Thursday's
In an email, Phil
Grant, the first assistant district attorney for Montgomery
County, said no action on the motion will be taken until the
resolution of a separate motion seeking the recusal of state
District Judge Kelly Case, who is presiding over Peterson's case.
accusing Case of bias for calling the lead attorney for each side
a "media whore" and for various legal disagreements Case
and the district attorney's office have had in recent years. Grant
said a hearing on whether to remove Case has not yet been
Mary Flood, a
spokeswoman for Rusty Hardin, Peterson's attorney, wrote in an
email that the motion to revoke Peterson's bond "will come up
only when we know which judge will hear the case and then the
defense will respond."
first court appearance, Case had set a tentative trial date of
Dec. 1. But he added that might not hold if he is removed from the
Peterson did not
enter a plea during the hearing, but Hardin has said his client
intends to plead not guilty.