Police looking into roadside incident between Kendrick Perkins, wife

ByDave McMenamin ESPN logo
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers backup center Kendrick Perkins was involved in a roadside altercation on Wednesday morning, according to the Westlake, Ohio, police department.

According to police, a 911 caller reported that a man and woman were fighting by a car parked on the side of the road. When officers responded to the scene, they found Perkins and his wife, Vanity, waiting by their SUV.

No one was injured, arrested or cited, according to the police. The police report, expected to be completed by Thursday, will be reviewed by the Westlake city prosecutor, who will determine whether to file charges.

Both Perkins and his wife said it was a verbal altercation, according to police. However, the 911 caller claimed to witness 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]."

Perkins, a 12-year veteran acquired by the Cavaliers in February, was given a ride by the police back to his home, and his wife left in the couple's car.

The Cavaliers said Wednesday that they were aware of the alleged incident involving Perkins.

"We have spoken to Kendrick about this and understand he has cooperated fully with the authorities in their review of the situation and will continue to do so," the team said. "We respect the process that the Westlake authorities will undergo in relation to this and have no further comment to make about the situation at this time."

Cavaliers coach David Blatt echoed similar thoughts when asked about the incident Wednesday.

"We're all aware of the situation," he said after a team film session. "The team put out a statement regarding that. I did speak to Kendrick, but there's really not a whole lot more to say at this point."

The coach said he did not address the team as a group about Perkins, but would "when and if necessary."

Perkins was previously charged with two counts of assault for allegedly punching a woman and her brother outside a Houston nightclub in July 2013. The charges were dropped in April 2014. His wife, Vanity, was involved in an argument with a nail salon technician in Oklahoma City in January 2013; police responded, but both parties declined to press charges.

Perkins is averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in five games during the playoffs. He will be traveling with the Cavs to Chicago for Game 6."As of right now he's available to play, yes," Blatt said.

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