The disappointing news was first reported by KFDM, a television station in Texas, and has now been confirmed by multiple outlets and the Beaumont Police.
The arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication of former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was made last night shortly after 4 a.m. in Perk’s hometown of Beaumont. The 6-10 center was reportedly out partying with friends at a club late in the night and became “belligerent.”
Maria Cramer of Boston.com has a number of quotes from the Police Sergeant Marc Levy in Beaumont on the incident:
“He got drunk and wanted to fight everybody,” Levy said.
His friends tried to calm him down and get him out of the club, but Levy said Perkins refused.
“He was his own worst enemy,” Levy said.
It does not appear anyone was hurt and Perkins did not resist arrest, he said.
The charges are minor, Levy said, and rise only to the level of a misdemeanor.
UPDATE: More updates on the circumstances surrounding the arrest from the AP report:
A statement from police in Beaumont said officers saw a large crowd outside The Ticket night club just after 2 a.m., and received complaints of fights and pepper spray inside. An officer saw about 50 people inside around Perkins, who police said was attempting to fight the club’s manager.
Perk’s legal problems come only one night after he was taken to the hospital from Stephen Jackson’s home in Texas for a bout of dehydration, according to the KFDM, report:
A spokesperson for Perkins stated that Kendrick was suffering from dehydration and was told by doctors to rest. The Celebrity exhibition game scheduled at his basketball camp Friday afternoon was cancelled and Perkins did not attend the banquet that concluded his camp Friday night.
Rajon Rondo was also in Texas for the celebrity game, and there are unconfirmed reports of him being out with his good friend Perk at the time of the arrest, but those should be taken with a huge grain of salt at this time.
In the interim, needless to say, we are saddened to hear about this incident here at CelticsHub. From a personal standpoint, the big guy was also one of my favorite interviews when he was in Green and was one of the most genuine people you could find on the team or in the league. He has no history of any notable legal problems, so this clearly appears to be the case of the guy having a few too many drinks and going off the deep end for a bit during a late night hour. Hopefully, just a bump in the road, but a situation we will continue to monitor here at CH in the meantime.