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Jenni Carlson: Sounds like Kendrick Perkins needs a lesson on life skills

by Jenni Carlson Modified: August 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm •  Published: August 14, 2011

We knew Kendrick Perkins was no longer an altar boy.

All the mf-bombs gave it away.

Still, we didn't think the Thunder center was a knucklehead.

Perkins, who spent time as an altar boy growing up, went home to Beaumont, Texas, this past week for his annual youth camp and foundation fundraiser. His foundation aims to help children learn drug awareness and life skills, and he once told me that his youth camp is one of the most important things that he does, paying for much of it out of his own pocket.

But early Saturday morning, Perkins was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

The details?

He was arrested after an altercation at a nightclub. When police arrived, they reported observing about 50 people around Perkins, who was attempting to fight the manager of the club. The Thunder's 6-foot-10, 280-pound center had to be pushed out the back door to defuse the situation, but according to police, he was yelling obscenities and fighting others in the crowd as he was being ushered from the club.

OK, all of that by itself is embarrassing for a guy who's supposed to be in town raising funds for a foundation aimed at teaching kids drug awareness and life skills.

But there's more to the story.

Thursday night, Perkins was in nearby Port Arthur at the home of fellow NBA player Stephen Jackson. According to a local television report, the fire department was called to the house when Perkins had some sort of seizure and fell onto concrete. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

There were various reports of what caused the problem — intoxication, dehydration and food poisoning among them — but whatever the case, Perk attended neither his charity game Friday afternoon nor his camp banquet Friday night.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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