Kendrick Perkins had himself a weekend. The kind where you end up in jail. (I think that’s officially called “The Charlie Sheen,” isn’t it?) He was arrested for, as police said, trying to fight everyone at a bar, including the manager, while being drunk. He was hit with a public intoxication and disorderly conduct charge.
But Perk is saying he’s innocent. Through his lawyer, he released this statement, via kiiitv.com: “Mr. Perkins has maintained his innocence to the charges and is recovering at home with family suffering from injuries he received during the incident.”
His attorney even says they are considering filing a police brutality complaint against the officers. Perkins’ lawyer says there are different accounts being given by witnesses as to what happened Saturday night in Beaumont than what police are reporting.
Remember: The arrest included only a misdemeanor charge. The bail was only a whopping $150. So it’s not about that. It’s about the image, perception and bad PR that’s come from this. With the NBA locked out and absolutely nothing going on, instead of this being swept under the rug, Perk’s arrest made major headlines for like three days.
Like I said initially, everything is pretty sketchy and there’s no telling what went on that night. Something happened that ended up with Perk being arrested. How things got to that point aren’t exactly known and what happened after, isn’t either.
The whole situation is very bizarre. Cancelling a celebrity fundraiser because he collapsed and had to go to the hospital because of dehydration with a doctor giving him orders to rest but instead, he goes out, gets drunk and tries to fight everyone? Huh? Like I said, weird.
It’s not going to affect Perkins’ future with the Thunder obviously, but like I said before, I’m sure this is something the front office and ownership aren’t happy about. They can’t do anything about it because of, you know, that lockout thing, but once everyone can talk again, I’m sure Perk will have some ‘splaining to do.