(Update: Perkins' attorney issues an official statement below.)
KHOU.com reports that Kendrick Perkins has been accused of punching a woman and her brother while outside of a nightclub in Houston. The incident initially occurred in July and the cased previously had been dismissed, but was later re-filed.
From the report:
Kendrick Perkins, who lives in Tomball and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, posted a $1,000 bond Thursday morning on the misdemeanor assault charge.
His brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough, faces the same charge.
According to court documents, the incident happened back in July outside the Nox nightclub in the 4700 block of Nett.
The case was initially dismissed, but Perkins and Alpough were charged when it was re-filed.
The alleged victims, Miketta Cotton and Ja’Keenan Cotton, assert that the incident was propagated initially when their car and Perkins' car accidentally backed up into each other outside of the club.
[Miketta] Cotton said she got out to talk with the male driver. She said a female passenger suddenly jumped out of the car, pulled her hair back and began taking off her jewelry like she was ready to fight.
Cotton said she calmed the woman down, but then Alpough got out of the car and pushed her stating, "That's my cousin!"
When Ja'Keenan Cotton saw his sister being pushed, he got out of the car to check on her. He told police Perkins, a passenger in the other car, punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
Cotton said Perkins then punched her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to fall down.
Catherine McGrue, who was in the car with the Cottons, said Alpough struck her in the throat with his elbow, knocking her unconscious.
All three victims say a group of people then kicked them repeatedly while they were lying on the ground.
Ja'Keenan Cotton recognized Perkins and Alpough, according to court documents.
At least one witness backed up their story.
There are no further details at this time, but Thunder GM Sam Presti has already issued a standard address:
"We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."
This reported incident comes on the tail of DeAndre Liggins' arrest in September for alleged domestic violence. While Perkins' incident pre-dates Liggins' arrest, the fall-out may follow it. One of the things we discussed in the wake of Liggins' arrest is what kind of precedent the Thunder management might set for their franchise to follow. Liggins was eventually waived by the team.
Now that Perkins could be facing similar legal action, we wonder how that precedent might play forward. Royce Young at Daily Thunder pontificates:
Of course this comes just a few weeks after the team released guard DeAndre Liggins because of an alleged domestic violence issue where he punched his girlfriend. So a somewhat similar precedent has been set. Though beating up your girlfriend in front of your two-year-old son and getting in a scuffle in a parking lot are quite different. Not good at all, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusion and extrapolate that because Liggins was waived, so will Perkins.
We will follow the story as it develops.
Update1: Perkins' attorney releases a statement, via NewsOK:
“Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated,” said Matt Hennessy. of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy & Ward. “my client takes these charges very seriously. He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court.”
According to Mayberry, the max punishment for assault with bodily injury, is one year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.