Peterson couldn't play his way out of speeding ticket

Brian Tinsman
January 10, 2019 - 8:11 pm
Redskins running back Adrian Peterson

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Adrian Peterson had an underrated comeback season for an aging running back that most teams considered to be washed up.

But his 1,000-yard season did little to impress the Virginia State Police officer who pulled him over for speeding on Nov. 27 in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Nope, the Redskins' 6-5 record coming off of a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Dallas Cowboys did little to dissuade trooper K.M. Freeman from writing him a ticket for 78 in a 55 mph zone.

According to USA TODAY, Freeman joked with the bailiff during a recess at the Loudoun County District Courthouse: "If the Redskins were winning, I wouldn’t have written a ticket."

Perhaps Peterson should have tested the speed limit two weeks earlier when the Redskins were 6-3 and in first place by two games. Then again, if there is any truth to that joke, maybe he did and got off with a warning (and a selfie).

Don't feel too bad for Peterson, who was represented by his lawyer in court and had his misdemeanor reckless driving charge (which can be applied for anyone caught more than 20 mph over the speed limit in Virginia) reduced to speeding. 

That brought his total punishment to a $250 fine. For a player with career NFL earnings (not including sponsorship deals) of nearly $100 million, that's probably a punishment he can live with.


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