The Oklahoman reports that Kendrick Perkins has addressed the incident that recently made the news, a story depicting a Houston night club encounter where he has been accused of punching a woman and her brother. Perkins took the opportunity to apologize to his teammates and the Thunder organization, but was not forthcoming about any of the details.
"I hate for it to be going on right now just on the simple fact that I'm sorry for the organization and my teammates to have to deal with it, along with myself just to hear the news," Perkins said following the team's practice Friday. "But I can't really comment on it at this moment. I would love to but I can't. So I'm just coming in, going to work and just trying to stay focused."
Earlier Perkins' attorney Matt Hennessy of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy & Ward proclaimed his client's innocence:
"Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated...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."
Despite these claims, Perkins was accused of punching Miketta Cotton and Ja’Keenan Cotton outside of Nox Night Club in Houston after an incident involving their respective cars colliding. The charged offense, assault with bodily injury, is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas and carries a maximum punishment of one year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.
Perkins went on to explain:
"I know what type of person I am, and I know the organization knows what type of person I am. So if you're around me on a day-to-day basis you will know what type of person, human being I am. So at the end of the day I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anybody (in the) outside world about what type of guy I am as far as my character. I know what type of guy I am. I know what type of guy I stand for. I'm a married guy with two children...If you know me you know what kind of guy I am."
When asked if these types of incidents make it more difficult for him to return to his home and face risky encounters, Perkins replied:
"Not at all. I'm good...This my 11th year in the league so that's not really a concern of mine. For every two incidents that I had on a bad situation, I probably done did 100 great things past that. So as far as my character or going home, that's nothing that I'm worried about."
Lastly, when asked if he would need to alter his lifestyle:
"Nah, because if you change up something that means you're guilty of something," Perkins said with a wink.