MIAMI (AP) _ Minnesota Vikings running back Leroy Hoard was arrested outside a Miami Beach nightclub early Saturday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, police said.

Police said they found what they believe to be the drug ecstasy in Hoard's pocket when they were arresting him on disorderly conduct charges following a fight with his girlfriend.

The cream colored pills had a marijuana leaf stamped on one side, according to Miami Beach Police Lt. Robert Dorigo.

An off-duty officer working at Club Zen heard Hoard arguing with his girlfriend. He called in other officers when the fight became physical.

``It started out verbal, then it became a little physical _ pushing, shoving and ... a car door was pushed into his companion,'' Dorigo said.

The officers arrested Hoard after he refused to calm down.

``He was highly agitated,'' Dorigo said. ``The officer gave him numerous opportunities to calm done and leave, but unfortunately things had escalated and the officer had concern about the safety of (Hoard's) companion and people in the area.''

Hoard repeatedly swore at officers, according to Dorigo.

``It was right in the middle of traffic. He was next to a limousine, he was causing traffic to back up,'' said Dorigo.

Hoard was in Miami while the Vikings have a bye week. He has rushed for 416 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Hoard was arrested at 3 a.m. EST, then released at 9 a.m. after posting $5,500 bond.

In Minneapolis, a Vikings spokesman said late Saturday the coaching staff was scattered across the country and were not immediately available for comment.

The team's general manager, Tim Connolly, did not immediately return a message left at his home.

Hoard's position coach, Carl Hargrave, said he was unaware of Hoard's arrest and declined comment.