Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins was involved in a roadside incident with his wife on Wednesday morning, according to the police in Ohio.
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According to the report, a 911 caller reported that a man and a woman were fighting by a car parked on the side of the road, with officers later arriving on the scene to find the Cavs star and his wife waiting by their SUV.
As reported by ESPN, no one was injured, arrested or charged, although it is understood that the incident will require further investigation and it remains to be seen if charges are filed thereafter.
Both Perkins and his wife have insisted that it was just a verbal altercation, although the witness and 911 caller had claimed that there was physical contact.
“There is somebody having an altercation on the side of the road,” the caller says in a recording of the 911 dispatch provided to ESPN. “It looks like a woman is hitting the man and he’s trying to get out of the car. They’re parked on the side of the road.
“It looks like he was trying to get out and the person, which I think was a woman, was trying to pull him back, like grabbing him and pulling him back in [the car].”
The Cavs and coach David Blatt both revealed that they were fully aware of the situation and had been given details of the incident from Perkins himself. While the latter insisted that he didn’t have much to add to the team’s statement, he will likely have his reserve center available for selection for Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.
Perkins is averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in five games during the playoffs, but the incident detailed above will certainly be a worry for the team given his history.
Although it appears as though the physical contact came from his wife based on the witness statement, the former Oklahoma City Thunder star has previously been charged with two counts of allegedly punching a woman and her brother outside of a nightclub back in 2013 although charges were dropped a year later.