Oklahoma City Thunder star Kendrick Perkins was arrested on Thursday after allegedly punching a woman in the face in July.
Perkins, 28, was arrested in connection with an incident that reportedly occurred outside of a Nox, a Texas nightclub, TMZ reports. According to the report, Perkins and his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough were involved in an incident with a woman named Mikeeta Cotton.
Cotton claims that she was driving her car in front of Nox nightclub when she and Alpough “backed into each other,” Houston-area television station KHOU reports. When Cotton exited her vehicle to talk to the other driver, she claims that Alpough’s female cousin got out of the car, pulled Cotton’s hair, and began to remove her jewelry to prepare for a fight.
Although Cotton succeeded in temporarily diffusing the fight with the cousin, she told police that Alpough got out of his car and started pushing her, yelling “That’s my cousin!” KHOU reports. Alpough’s action prompted Cotton’s brother, Ja’Keenan Cotton, to get out of her car and rush to her defense.
As the confrontation escalated, Cotton claims that Perkins, stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 280 pounds, became physical as well. According to the victim’s account, the Oklahoma City Thunder center struck her brother, and then punched her in the face, knocking both of them to the ground.
Catherine McGrue, who was a passenger in Cotton’s car, reportedly told police that Alpough also struck her in the throat, knocking her unconscious, KHOU reports. The victims added that Perkins’ party kicked them repeatedly once they had fallen to the ground. A witness has reportedly confirmed Cotton’s version of the altercation.
On Thursday morning, Perkins and Alpough were arrested and booked on a misdemeanor assault charge, KHOU reports. The Thunder star posted $1,000 bond and was released.