Adrian Peterson in debt after 'trusting the wrong people,' lawyer says

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Adrian Peterson’s financial troubles are becoming more clear.

The Redskins running back is deep in debt after trusting the wrong people with his money, according to his lawyer, Chase Carlson.

“The truth behind Adrian Peterson’s current financial situation is more than is being reported at this time,” Carlson said in a statement Tuesday. “Because of ongoing legal matters, I am unable to go into detail, but I will say this is yet another situation of an athlete trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted. Adrian and his family look forward to sharing further details when appropriate.”

It had been reported earlier this month that Peterson was ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million to a lending service after he defaulted on a $4 million loan that he took out in April 2016 and failed to pay back by February 2018.

Peterson also borrowed $2.4 million in May 2016 from another lender. He defaulted after just five months and was ordered by a Minnesota court in October 2017 to pay back about $600,000.

Peterson, 34, is entering his 13th season in the league and, after playing 2018 with the Redskins, signed a two-year deal worth $5 million earlier this year to remain in Washington. If he plays out both seasons of the contract, it would push him past $100 million in career earnings, according to Spotrac.

He split the 2017 season with the Saints and Cardinals after spending the previous 10 years with the Vikings.

He finished with 1,042 yards rushing for the Redskins last season.