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Adrian Peterson's Clean Record Means A Simple Fine Is Likely

Is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just being safe with the hiring of high-powered attorney Rusty Hardin? After all, Hardin has done some pretty notable stuff - most recently being the frontman representing Roger Clemens in his perjury trial. Clemens was exonerated with the help of Hardin.

Peterson's dilemma seems to be ... quite a bit lower profile, at this point. The incident he was involved in still has a lot of loose ends and even more gaps to fill before it's fully understood, but is Hardin overkill, or is Peterson just being safe? Could he be gearing up to defend his innocence when he appears in court on Friday, or is he simply looking for reputable council?

At the very least, it would seem as though Peterson doesn't need the services of Hardin. After all, he's got a clean record and hasn't had anything like this happen before. Not to mention, there's the report from that states it's likely that Peterson gets a fine and that this whole process will be over rather quickly.

So either Peterson is just being safe, as already mentioned several times, or perhaps he wants to fight off a potential fine. Sure, it's obvious that he has the money to eat that kind of fine, but perhaps his record is more important to him and he wants to show the world that he was not in the wrong when it comes to the incident. It will be interesting to see how far this goes and in which direction.

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