Giant NBA "Role-Model" in Assault and Pepper Incident

By Kenneth Garger 08/15/11

Kendrick Perkins, the Oklahoma City Thunder colossus, may face big questions at his anti-violence kids' camp after a pepper-spraying night club brawl in Texas.

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Kendrick Perkins, the 6'10'' Oklahoma City Thunder center—who hosts a children's camp promoting drug and gang awareness—saw his role-model credentials take a nosedive this weekend. He was arrested outside a nightclub in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, in the early hours of Saturday morning for attempting to fight the venue's manager. 26-year-old Perkins—who weighs in at 280 pounds—was apparently the catalyst for a mass brawl involving 50 club-goers, fisticuffs and the unwarranted use of pepper spray. He was forced out of the club's back door by the crowd, still "yelling obscenities," according to The Oklahoman. Some courageous cops hauled the man-mountain to Jefferson County jail at around 4 am, where he was slapped with public drinking and disorderly conduct charges. Shortly afterwards he posted $150 bail—probably not a stretch for a baller due to rake in $6,696,720 this season. Perkins was in town with a slew of other NBA stars hosting his annual basketball camp at Clifton J. Ozen High School, his alma mater. The camp promotes drug awareness and stresses the dangers of gang affiliation and violence. Last year the former “Blood” gang-member and Training Day actor, Cle Shaheed Sloan, came to speak to the campers. “Gangs are a big problem right now in Texas,” said Sam Cassel—the NBA star-turned-assistant-coach, who helped Jenkins organize the camp in 2010. It's been an action-packed few days for Jenkins. He suffered an apparent seizure after a house party on Thursday, which his spokesman said was caused by "dehydration."

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