*Texas prosecutors said Thursday that Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be re-arrested after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse charge that he had ”smoked a little weed” while out on bond.
In a court motion, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said Peterson allegedly told a worker conducting his urinalysis exam during a Wednesday court appearance that he had smoked marijuana. Bond terms typically include not taking any illegal drugs.
The district attorney’s office wrote “In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond.”
Peterson is currently free on a $15,000 bond after he was indicted last month on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Peterson is on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner until the legal case is resolved.
In an email, Phil Grant, the first assistant district attorney for Montgomery County, said no action on the motion will be taken until the resolution of a separate motion seeking the recusal of state District Judge Kelly Case, who is presiding over Peterson’s case.
Prosecutors are accusing Case of bias for calling the lead attorney for each side a ”media whore” and for various legal disagreements Case and the district attorney’s office have had in recent years. Grant said a hearing on whether to remove Case has not yet been scheduled.