HOUSTON – Former NFL running back and Texas native Adrian Peterson was arrested Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport following a physical altercation with his wife onboard a plane bound for Houston, LAX officials confirm.
Peterson was charged with domestic violence - injury to a spouse.
Airport representatives released the following statement:
“At approximately 8:30 am this morning, Los Angeles Airport Police received a call to respond to Terminal 7 for a possible domestic violence on board an aircraft. The flight was departing to Houston, Texas, but had to return to the gate due to a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim. Airport Police conducted their investigation and made required notifications to FBI authorities. The male suspect was taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being booked at LAPD Pacific Division. The passengers along with the female victim were able to continue with their flight plans.”
The female victim mentioned in the statement is Peterson’s wife, Ashley, officials said.
Peterson, 36, was released Sunday afternoon after posting a $50,000 bond.
“This is a private misunderstanding between husband and wife and we anticipate it will all be resolved shortly,” the Petersons’ representative said in a statement.
This is not the first time Peterson has been in trouble with the law. Back in 2014, he was arrested after allegedly spanking his son with a small branch from a tree. He avoided jail time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for reckless assault but faced a one-year suspension from the NFL.