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Old 10-09-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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DA: Motion to revoke Adrian Peterson's bond for allegedly smoking 'a little weed'

The same day Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was in a Montgomery County courtroom to face a child abuse charge, court documents state he admitted during a drug test that he smoked marijuana.

Peterson is free on $15,000 bond, but a motion was filed Thursday afternoon to set aside his bond, according to court documents. The court has the power to increase his bond.

Court records show that while Peterson was in a urinalysis exam, he allegedly told an employee of the urinalysis testing company that he had "smoked a little weed."

The state said based on that admission it believes Peterson smoked marijuana while on bond. A motion to issue an arrest warrant for Peterson was filed.

On Wednesday, the state filed a motion to recuse the judge from Peterson's child abuse case. Local 2 has learned a recusal hearing that had been scheduled for Friday morning has been postponed, which could complicate the signing of the arrest warrant.

Peterson has said he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year.

"This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much," said Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin.

A spokesperson for Hardin said Peterson would have pleaded not guilty Wednesday if asked at the hearing.

Peterson was put on paid leave by the Vikings, using a special roster exemption from the NFL commissioner, a few days after the indictment. The chance of his case being resolved before the end of the season appears slim, but coach Mike Zimmer declined Tuesday to address speculation about Peterson's return to the team in 2014.

"Honestly, I want the best for Adrian, number one, OK? But I also have to coach the guys that are here and go forward. If things get resolved and it's a good thing, then the more power to him," Zimmer said. "We will worry about that when the time comes."

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