HOUSTON — 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 wrote.
Peterson is 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 practice.
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.
Prosecutors are 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 scheduled.
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.”
Kaepernick fined $10K for headphones: In Santa Clara, Calif., San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Thursday that he has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for the pink “Beats by Dre” brand name headphones he wore around his neck after Sunday’s game.
While Kaepernick has an endorsement deal with Beats and has done a commercial, the league’s contract is with Bose. Wearing the pink version for October breast cancer awareness month, Kaepernick knew he could be subject to a fine after the 22-17 win Sunday.
Yet it’s more than the $8,286 fine the Broncos’ Julius Thomas faces for a chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.
Kaepernick later took to Twitter to explain his decision and posted a photo of him with the headphones: “I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!”
Quarterback Stanton hopes to be cleared to play: In Tempe, Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton says he has improved every day and is hopeful he will be cleared to play in the Cardinals’ game Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Speaking to reporters for the first time this week, Stanton said after Thursday’s practice that he is symptom free but hopes to pass tests on Friday that would clear him to play.
Stanton sustained a concussion in last Sunday’s loss at Denver.
Teen with laser pointer banned from Lions games: In Detroit, the Detroit Lions have barred a teenager from all Ford Field events for using a laser pointer at a game against the Bills.
Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt said they had a laser directed at them during a 17-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Detroit city attorney Melvin Hollowell identified the alleged offender as a 17-year-old from West Bloomfield, Michigan. He says the teen will be ticketed for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
The teen was using a ticket held by a season-ticket holder. The Lions are revoking that person’s tickets for the rest of the season.
In a statement Thursday, Lions President Tom Lewand says the laser pointer could have affected the “integrity of the game” and hurt players.