Beyond expressing remorse for causing a distraction to his team and bringing unwanted attention to the Thunder organization, Kendrick Perkins didn’t offer any insight into the misdemeanor assault charge he faces from a July incident outside of a nightclub in Houston.
“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.”
An attorney for Perkins, meanwhile, has released a statement proclaiming his client’s innocence.
“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.”
Perkins has been accused of punching a woman and her brother after tempers allegedly flared following a reported fender bender outside of Nox nightclub. The offense was assault with bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum punishment of one year in county jail and a $4,000 fine in the state of Texas.
It’s the second time Perkins has had a run-in with the law during his time with the Thunder. He also was arrested in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in August 2011 on complaints of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $150 bond, and the misdemeanor charges were later dropped.
Perkins and his wife, Vanity, also were involved in an incident at an Oklahoma City nail salon in early January. A security camera captured Vanity Perkins haggling with salon employees over the quality of service and payment before Kendrick Perkins threw a Gatorade bottle at the door while driving away.
Despite recurring run-ins, Perkins said the incidents are not reflective of who he is.
“I know what type of person I am,” Perkins said. “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.”
With two of the incidents occurring while he was back in the Houston/Beaumont area, Perkins was asked whether returning home in the off-season is tougher now that he’s an NBA player and a potential target.
“Not at all. I’m good,” Perkins said. “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.”
Perkins also said he doesn’t feel it’s necessary to alter his lifestyle off the court.
“Nah, because if you change up something that means you’re guilty of something,” Perkins said with a wink.