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Ex-Pro Bowl RBs to fight in boxing match in Los Angeles

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A pair of former Pro Bowl running backs have a boxing match in their future now that their NFL careers are concluded.

Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson have finalized details to fight in the boxing right. The matchwill take place at Arena in Los Angeles on July 30, according to TMZ Sports. The match would be part of YouTube star Austin McBroom’s Social Gloves event, and it already features former NBA player Nick Young on the card.

Both Bell and Peterson played in the NFL as recently as last season, though both saw very limited duty. Bell is seven years younger than Peterson, but that probably won’t matter if Peterson has been staying close to playing shape.

This is a pretty high-profile fight, albeit between two guys not known for their boxing. Maybe they can take some notes from another former NFL running back who also tried his hand at the sport.

Officials reach decision in Adrian Peterson domestic violence case

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Los Angeles officials have made a decision regarding the Adrian Peterson case.

Peterson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, which was the day of the Super Bowl. Peterson and his wife were on an airplane that had left the gate but had to turn around due to a verbal and physical altercation between the running back and his wife. Peterson was kicked off the plane due to the incident and taken into custody, where he was initially charged.

But officials have changed their minds on the case.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office sent the case to the LA City Attorney. The city attorney declined to criminally charge Peterson in the matter, TMZ Sports reported on Monday.

Peterson agreed to complete 20 sessions of domestic violence and alcohol counseling within the next 6 months, according to TMZ Sports.

Peterson ended up avoiding misdemeanor charges.

The resolution to this case is a big deal for Peterson, whose NFL career may not be over yet. The 37-year-old played in four games last season, rushing for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He played in one game for Seattle and three for Tennessee.

Adrian Peterson shares his side of domestic violence arrest

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Adrian Peterson on Monday shared his side of the domestic violence incident that made headlines on Sunday.

Peterson was arrested for suspicion of felony domestic violence after an altercation with his wife on a plane Sunday morning. Peterson was removed from the plane and taken into custody. He was charged with domestic violence.

Peterson responded to the incident in comments provided to FOX 26 in Houston’s Mark Berman. Peterson told Berman his mind was blown that he got arrested. He said he and his wife got into a dispute, and that the mark that was left on his wife was on her finger.

“I was literally mind-blown that they took me to jail,” Peterson told Fox 26’s Berman. “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 sit there and watch the plane pull back and take off and I’m just like, ‘Wow! I cannot believe this is happening right now. I’m going to jail, and I literally didn’t do anything.’

“It’s blown out of proportion. Me and the wife got into an argument on the plane. That was pretty much the gist of it. I ended up grabbing her hand and taking her ring off her finger. She didn’t press any charges. The state of California pressed charges because there was a scratch on her hand. Literally that’s 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 up or something. It was nothing like that.”

Peterson said that another passenger sitting behind them on the plane played a role in the arrest.

“Only thing I will say is it looks horrible because Adrian Peterson arrested for domestic violence,” Peterson said. “I don’t hit women. It’s not that type of situation and it just looks bad. I’ll deal with it and God willing get the charges dropped and move on.”

Peterson was in Los Angeles for a Super Bowl party and flying home to the Houston area. The veteran running back turns 37 next month. He played in four games this season — three with Tennessee and one with Seattle. He played in 16 games the season before for the Lions.

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Adrian Peterson arrested for domestic violence following plane incident

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Adrian Peterson is in trouble with the law once again.

Peterson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence on Sunday, according to TMZ Sports. The running back was getting set to leave Los Angeles International Airport when police received a call at around 8:30 a.m. about a disturbance on an aircraft.

The plane had reportedly left the gate and had to return after an alleged verbal and physical altercation between Peterson and his wife, Ashley Brown. An investigation determined that Brown had a mark on her, and Peterson was taken into custody.

Only Peterson was removed from the plane. Brown and the rest of the passengers were given clearance to depart after the 36-year-old was arrested.

Peterson and Brown were in L.A. for a Super Bowl event that was hosted by DIRECTV.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury back in 2014 over an alleged domestic abuse incident with his young son. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge in the case and avoided jail time.

Though he has not formally retired, the arrest makes it even less likely that Peterson will find a job in the NFL in 2022. The seven-time Pro Bowler played in one game with the Seattle Seahawks this season and three for the Tennessee Titans.

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Ed Orgeron shares his crazy Adrian Peterson recruiting story

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Ed Orgeron has always been known for being an amazing recruiter, and Adrian Peterson once experienced first-hand just how far the coach is willing to go in an attempt to land a star player.

During a recent appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Orgeron was asked if there is a recruit who really broke his heart during his coaching career. He said Peterson without hesitation. Orgeron then proceeded to tell the story of how he tried to arrange for a prison transfer for Peterson’s father, who was incarcerated at the time.

Peterson’s father was arrested for money laundering in a drug ring when the running back was 13. Orgeron, who was an assistant under Pete Carroll at USC, said he recruited Peterson in the early-2000s and asked him what it would take to get him to commit to the Trojans. Peterson said a big factor in his decision was that his dad would be able to watch his games in the prison where he was incarcerated if he attended Oklahoma.

“I tried to get the guy transferred to Los Angeles,” Orgeron said. “I competed. Couldn’t get it done, but I competed.”

Peterson eventually committed to the Sooners.

There clearly wasn’t a whole lot Orgeron could have done to change Peterson’s mind. We know the former LSU coach was “sick” over missing out on another star running back more recently, but the Peterson situation was out of his control. There’s doing everything you can to land a recruit, and then there’s trying to arrange for a prison transfer. That is the definition of pulling out all the stops.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson goes off on NFL officiating in social media rant

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The Seattle Seahawks were furious about a no-call late in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday night, and Adrian Peterson wants the NFL to be held accountable.

Peterson, who was inactive for Seattle’s 20-10 loss, unloaded on the NFL in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday. He said the league needs to make more plays reviewable and have officials huddle together to discuss calls more often. Peterson also claimed even his young sons recognized bad calls in Wednesday’s game.

Here’s the full post:

“These plays can be simply challengeable plays where you either win or lose and the show continues. Having these opportunities doesn’t take away from the game,” Peterson wrote. “Losing a timeout due to a failed challenge can be detrimental! However, not having that option takes away from the integrity of the game and helps dictate the outcome of games.”

Peterson said the Seahawks were “robbed” on “two critical plays” against the Rams. One, of course, was when Seattle went for it on 4th-and-6 late in the fourth quarter down 17-10. Linebacker Ernest Jones made contact with DeeJay Dallas while breaking up a pass, and the Seahawks felt Jones should have been flagged for pass interference. You can watch the play here.

We didn’t have a huge issue with the no-call. Russell Wilson threw up a prayer, and the contact from Jones seemed simultaneous with the ball arriving. Seattle shouldn’t have been bailed out in that situation, even if it did (allegedly) upset Peterson’s kids.

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Adrian Peterson gets big news from Seahawks

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Adrian Peterson may have been cut by the Tennessee Titans over a week ago, but that did not end his NFL season.

This week, the Seattle Seahawks added Peterson to their practice squad. Then a big announcement came on Saturday: the Seahawks are elevating Peterson to the active roster. That means we can expect to see Peterson play for Seattle on Sunday against the 49ers.

Seattle has several running backs banged up entering the Week 13 contest. Alex Collins (abdomen), Rashaad Penny (hamstring), and Travis Homer (calf) are all listed as questionable. There is speculation that Collins will not play in the game. He became the team’s lead back after Chris Carson’s injury.

Peterson, 36, rushed for 82 yards on 27 carries with the Titans. He scored one touchdown.

Seattle is enduring a rough season and enters the game with a 3-8 record.

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Adrian Peterson’s father upset that 1 notable team did not show interest in son

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It is not quite an Odell Beckham Sr., but Nelson Peterson is not happy about recent events that transpired with his son.

Nelson, the father of former MVP Adrian Peterson, told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press this week that he was disappointed that the Minnesota Vikings failed to show interest in Adrian.

“That’s disappointing to me,” said Nelson. “He never heard anything from the Vikings, and you go in and bring in a guy Adrian beat out in Detroit.”

Nelson is referring to running back Kerryon Johnson, whom the Vikings just brought in for a workout. Johnson was teammates with Adrian on the Lions in 2020 and lost out the starting job to him.

Adrian was one of the greatest players in Vikings history but is now 36 years old. Minnesota also has a capable backup in Alexander Mattison whom they can turn to during Dalvin Cook’s absence. Thus, it makes sense for them to work out the 24-year-old Johnson over Adrian as they are not desperate for depth. The same cannot be said of the Tennessee Titans, who briefly signed then waived Adrian after the Derrick Henry injury. Nor can it be said for the Seattle Seahawks, the team that just signed Adrian. They have struggled to replace Chris Carson, who is out for the year, due to the ineffectiveness of Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas.

After playing for the Vikings from 2007 to 2016, Adrian already experienced an emotional return to Minnesota as an opponent. But Nelson sounds upset that there was zero interest on the Vikings’ part in actually having Adrian return to their team.

H/T ProFootballTalk

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Adrian Peterson waived by Titans after 3 games

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Adrian Peterson’s 2021 comeback may be over.

Peterson was waived by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. The move comes three weeks after Peterson signed with the team.

The Titans added Peterson after Derrick Henry suffered a serious foot injury. The veteran running back rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries over three games. That’s just over three yards per carry, which is sub-optimal. His son was even questioning his running style.

Tennessee has given more of a role to D’Onta Foreman and also promoted Dontrell Hilliard to the active roster. Hilliard had 82 total yards in Week 11.

The Titans could still try to add Peterson to their practice squad if he clears waivers. The 36-year-old doesn’t appear to have much left to offer NFL teams.

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Adrian Peterson says son had great message for him after Titans debut

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NFL legend and future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, made his Tennessee Titans debut in Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

The 36-year-old Peterson, who was signed by Tennessee in the aftermath of Derrick Henry’s injury, carried the ball 10 times for just 21 yards. However, the veteran did manage to plunge the ball over the goal line for his first touchdown of the 2021 season.

Still, the 2.1 yards per carry was not exactly a highlight for Peterson. And after the game, his family — including his 10-year-old son — let him know all about it.

“He was like, ‘Dad, why are you running so high?'” Peterson told reporters on Friday. “That’s the one thing I always preach to him and he was able to preach it to me. I was like, ‘You know what? You’re right.’ So that is one thing I took away from [my debut]. I ran extremely high.

“Another thing is I think on a couple plays I was too fast and didn’t let those guys up front work for me. So those are some of the takeaways I have from the game that I will improve on this week.”

Who can blame Peterson for being a little rusty? He had last played in an NFL game back on January 3 as a member of the Detroit Lions — a game in which he rushed for 63 yards and a score. So kudos to Peterson’s son for being brilliantly honest in a way that only kids can, and keeping his Dad on point. The scouting will undoubtedly pay dividends for Peterson and the Titans.