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OKC Thunder: How will Thunder handle DeAndre Liggins' arrest?

Liggins isn't the first player in Thunder history to be arrested. But his booking certainly is the most disturbing. And now it will serve as a case study. Put the Thunder to the test.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 1, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City's DeAndre Liggins grabs a rebound beside Houston's Omer Asik during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's DeAndre Liggins grabs a rebound beside Houston's Omer Asik during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

And so we wait, with no real precedent available to forecast what will come of this unfortunate alleged situation.

Liggins is only the fifth player in Thunder history to have a run in with the law, only the second to do so within the city limits.

Kendrick Perkins was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in his hometown, Beaumont, Texas, in August 2011. He was released on $150 bail and charges were later dropped. Two months earlier, Nate Robinson was busted for urinating on a sidewalk outside a Barnes & Noble in White Plains, N.Y. He was issued a ticket and released on $100 bail.

In August 2010, Nenad Krstic was at the center of an ugly in-game brawl between his Serbian national team and the national team of Greece during an international tournament in Greece. Krstic threw a chair at a Greek player, striking him in the head and drawing blood. He was held overnight in a Greek jail and released pending an investigation.

In May 2010, a 20-year-old James Harden was in a downtown Oklahoma City club despite being underage. Harden was not arrested or cited, but a manager at the establishment was issued a misdemeanor citation.

That's five brushes with the law for the Thunder franchise in five years. Not a bad ratio. Don't believe us? Just ask around in places like Portland and Indiana and Washington.

But on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon, the Thunder unexpectedly stumbled into its most serious alleged offense yet.

Soon we'll find out just how serious the organization takes this matter.