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Former Celtics star Kendrick Perkins was arrested Saturday morning, in relation to a drunken altercation at a club in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Perkins was there to host for his annual youth camp and foundation fundraiser, aiming to help kids learn life skills and to raise drug-awareness. Perhaps this is not the best approach. Here is the report according to the Beaumont Police Department:
On Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM Beaumont Police officers noticed a large crowd outside a club called “The Ticket”, at 3684 College. Many of the people leaving the club were holding their faces and complaining of fights and pepper spray inside the club. When officers went inside they observed the staff of the club trying to get everyone to leave. According to the arresting officer, he observed a subject later identified as Kendrick Perkins having a disturbance with the management of the club. The police Sergeant advised there were approximately 50 people gathered around Perkins as he was attempting to fight the manager. The crowd was able to push Perkins out the back door of the club where he stopped and continued to yell obscenities. Several officers attempted to quiet Perkins and to get him to leave the property. Perkins continued with the obscenities and was trying to fight several other people in the crowd who were apparently trying to help. The arresting Sergeant advised that due to several indicators, it was clear to him that the subject was intoxicated to the degree that he was a danger to himself or others. He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct (language), and for Public Intoxication. He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and booked on those charges without further incident.
Interestingly enough, I was told by a local sports network that Perkins was unable to attend his celebrity basketball tournament on Friday afternon, for which friend and former teammate Rajon Rondo was in town, due to illness. The celebrity game was also to have included Thunder teammates Kevin Durant, James Harden and Eric Maynor, as well nearby Port Arthur, Texas native Stephen Jackson, a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Perkins was said to have been suffering of dehydration, and did not attend that camp’s banquet that evening. Reports surfaced Friday morning of Perkins being involved in an accident Thursday night at a house at the Port Arthur home of Stephen Jackson. KBTV reported that Perkins was taken to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas after collapsing at the home, and Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton said someone called the fire department reporting that Perkins had suffered a seizure and had fallen on the concrete outside the home. He was later released from the hospital with minor injuries.
These lockout situations are always a little tricky, as the players and owners look for anything they can muster up to sustain their points in mediation and negotiations.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for Perkins that he was too sick and dehydrated to attend a celebrity event for his camp and the subsequent banquet for the children; but managed to get himself drunk to the point of arrest at a club that very evening. Especially when the camp focuses on drug-awareness.
The NBA’s problems extend far beyond the diva mentality of its players, and specific players’ lack of regard to commitment or the law. It’s situations like this that makes it even harder for fans and media to sympathize with the players. So far, I’ve heard of NBA players breaking the law, skirting charity obligations, and taking off to play in foreign leagues while their league struggles to maintain a sliver of hope for the semblance of a season.
Is it just me, or is everyone else suddenly a huge pre-March college basketball fan too?