Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in Houston stemming from an alleged altercation outside of a nightclub in July.
Perkins, who is accused of punching a woman and her brother, posted a $1,000 bond Thursday morning. He was not seen at the team's practice Thursday afternoon.
“We were made aware of the allegations,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. “It is something we take seriously and are gathering more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”
According to KHOU.com, which cites court documents, the incident happened outside of Nox nightclub. The case was initially dismissed, but Perkins and his brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough, were both charged when it was re-filed.
The website reports Miketta Cotton told police she and her brother were leaving the club when their vehicle and another vehicle “backed into each other.” The report goes on to say Cotton got out of her vehicle to talk with the male driver when a woman in the passenger seat “suddenly jumped out of the car, pulled her hair back and began taking off her jewelry like she was ready to fight.”
Alpough allegedly then exited the vehicle and pushed Cotton, stating, “That's my cousin.” Cotton's brother, Ja'Keenan Cotton, reportedly got out of his vehicle after seeing his sister being pushed. That's when Perkins allegedly punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The report says Perkins then punched Miketta Cotton in the face with a closed fist, also causing her to fall down.
Another woman was allegedly struck in the throat by Alpough's elbow, which reportedly knocked her unconscious. All three victims claimed a group of people then kicked them repeatedly while they were laying on the ground, according to the report.
This is 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.