NBA star Kendrick Perkins in Beaumont, TX this morning for public intoxication and disorderly conduct ... TMZ has learned.
Perkins -- who plays for the -- was booked into Jefferson County Jail at around 4:00 AM. According to the jail, he posted $251 bond and was released shortly thereafter.
But this situation is laughable, at best. Of course, no one likes somebody being drunk and acting like a jerk, but there are many worse things other NBA players have done, and I doubt anyone will remember this by the time the season starts.
You could get on a high horse and claim that this is no way to set an example for your children, or how this is no way to act when you're on a multi-million dollar contract. But given that very little is known about the charges, I wouldn't pick up my pitchfork just yet. In case you didn't get the memo, team toughness comes with a price.