NFL Star Adrian Peterson Deep in Debt Despite Earning $99 Million in His Career

Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards last season. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Financial problems continue to mount for Washington running back Adrian Peterson, who is being sued for failure to repay a $5.2m loan, according to a report published on Tuesday in The Athletic.

Peterson is involved in three lawsuits and owes $6.6m (which included interest and legal fees) to DeAngelo Vehicle Sales, the company that filed the latest lawsuit in New York, according to The Athletic. He also owes a combined $3m to two other creditors.

Chase Carlson, the lawyer for the 34-year-old Peterson, believes his client’s problems involve a matter of trusting the wrong people. “The truth behind Adrian Peterson’s current financial situation is more than is being reported at this time,” Carlson said in a statement. “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.”