Montgomery County prosecutors have motioned for Adrian Peterson to be issued a warrant for his re-arrest after allegedly admitting to a drug-testing employee that he “smoked a little weed,” which violates the terms of the bond he paid in order to be released from custody. The test was performed on October 8, the day of his arraignment, upon court order.
The motion is asking for a capias warrant to be issued for his arrest which in many cases can be issued based on an affidavit of personal knowledge of the offense in question.
I can’t imagine this affects court proceedings too much, but if anything makes the court less likely to move up his court date. Regardless… come on, man.
(h/t to Eric Thompson for that)
Note: I have speculated that this could land Peterson into the NFL’s substance-abuse program. Stage one does not involve additional testing (for marijuana), but basically asks the player not to do it again for 90 days. If in those 90 days, he tests positive for marijuana, he’s entered into stage two, which means an immediate three-week fine and then random, unannounced testing ten times a month. The steps are laid out here. I do not know if he is currently in Stage One, but if he was, he’d have to have been in it for 90 days for this to advance him to Stage Two.
I do not know if it is definite that this puts him in Stage One, it’s merely speculation. I do not know if passing a test is the only requirement to land one in the program, but admitted drug use is a violation of league policy, so it’s very likely that the test result doesn’t matter.
In terms of on-field/roster implications it doesn’t immediately change his availability (UPDATE: though indirectly might, see below), but entering the program could reduce his value in a trade or contract re-negotiation.
UPDATE: The hearing to determine if Judge Kelly Case would be fit to adjudicate the Peterson case was to be tomorrow, but has been pushed back to Tuesday because of all of this.
Hearing to have judge taken off the Adrian Peterson case was tomo – being pushed back to Tuesday in light of recent events
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) October 9, 2014
That COULD push back the date regardless of outcome, it seems.
UPDATE2: Or wait a minute
With 30 cases docketed ahead of Peterson and priority given to jailed defendants, being behind bars might give AP his speedy trial #Vikings
— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) October 9, 2014