Football star Adrian Peterson has been arrested by police at Los Angeles airport after he allegedly attacked his wife on a plane while it was taxiing to the runway, leaving her bruised and forcing the plane to turn around.
Peterson, 36 – who played this season for the Seattle Seahawks, until his contract expired in January – was being held on domestic violence charges on Sunday afternoon. The incident is said to have left a physical mark on his wife Ashley Brown.
Brown, with whom he has two children, remained on the plane after Peterson was taken off and continued her flight to Houston, where they live.
“Earlier today Adrian and his wife Ashley had a verbal argument on a flight, and he was removed from the plane,” Peterson’s spokesman told TMZ.
‘This is a private misunderstanding between husband and wife and we anticipate it will all be resolved shortly.’
Adrian Peterson and his wife Ashley Brown are pictured on Saturday night at a pre-Super Bowl party. The following morning, he attacked her on a plane while it was taxiing, forcing it to return to the gate. He has been arrested and she continued home to Houston without him
Peterson on Saturday night appeared to be looking forward to Sunday’s game
Brown runs her own beauty company from the family home in Houston, Texas. She is seen at the Super Bowl pre-party on Saturday night in LA
Peterson in seen in November 2021, playing for the Tennessee Titans
Peterson and Brown were in LA for a pre-Super Bowl party.
The Texas-born sports star played college football in Oklahoma, where he met Brown.
He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, in seventh, and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2012 he was named the Most Valued Player, with others, and in 2015 became the oldest running back to be named to the first team All-Pro, at the age of 30.
Yet his life was also marked by tragedy, and by scandal.
Peterson held his older brother, Brian, after the nine-year-old was struck by a drunk driver when the family lived in Dallas. Peterson was only a few feet away when his brother, who died shortly after in the hospital, was hit.
Peterson and Brown are seen in October 2014, when he was charged with child abuse for beating their son
Peterson accepted a plea deal in the case, and was suspended by the NFL for 15 games
His father Nelson was arrested when Peterson was 13, and charged with money laundering for a crack dealing ring. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Before his 2014 marriage to Brown, Peterson had fathered six children with six different women.
In 2013, he learns he had a two year old son, but only with the boy a day before he was murdered by the mother’s boyfriend, Tyrese Ruffin. Ruffin was convicted of second-degree murder in September 2015 and received a life sentence.
In September 2014, he was charged with child abuse after he was seen beating his four-year-old son with a tree branch.
Peterson was suspended by the NFL for the final 15 games of the season.
‘I struggle,’ Peterson told Sports Illustrated in January 2016. ‘I’m human.
‘When I look back on my life, and the personal things I have encountered, it’s like, when you’re living a life of sin, bad things happen, no matter how much you have God in your life.’
Peterson is seen in November 2021, while he was playing for the Tennessee Titans
Peterson and Brown, who met while at college in Oklahoma. They have two children together
Returning to the game, Peterson played with the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
Peterson in December became the first player in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown with six different teams.