Thunder's Kendrick Perkins faces assault charge for alleged incident at Texas nightclub
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is reportedly facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a woman in July outside Nox, a nightclub in Houston, Tex.
KHOU.com reports that both Perkins and his brother-in-law have been charged when the case was re-filed after being dismissed initially, and that Perkins posted a $1,000 bond on Thursday.
Miketta Cotton told police she and her brother were leaving the club when their car and another vehicle "backed into each other." Cotton said she got out to talk with the male driver. She said a female passenger suddenly jumped out of the car, pulled her hair back and began taking off her jewelry like she was ready to fight.
Cotton said she calmed the woman down, but then Alpough got out of the car and pushed her stating, "That’s my cousin!"
When Ja’Keenan Cotton saw his sister being pushed, he got out of the car to check on her. He told police Perkins, a passenger in the other car, punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. Cotton said Perkins then punched her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to fall down.
Thunder GM Sam Presti issued a statement in response to the allegations.
“We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously," Presti said, according to DailyThunder.com. "We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
This marks the second allegation of violence against women involving an Oklahoma City player in as many months. In September, the Thunder released reserve guard DeAndre Liggins after he was arrested in Oklahoma on domestic abuse charges. Liggins allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head and dropped a fan and an Xbox gaming system on her head.
Back in 2011, Perkins was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct for his alleged involvement in a fight outside a bar in Beaumont, Texas. Those charges were reportedly dropped.
Perkins, 28, averaged 4.2 points and 6 rebounds in 25.1 minutes over 78 appearances last season.Oklahoma City is set to play its preseason home opener at the Chesapeake Energy Arena versus Denver on Oct. 15. The Thunder will open their regular season slate against the Jazz in Utah on Oct. 30.