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Kendrick Perkins’ attorney says his client is innocent

Oct 11, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

Kendrick Perkins AP

We told you Thursday Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins faces a misdemeanor assault charge — including punching a woman in the face — from outside a Houston area night club in July.

Perkins attorney spoke with the Oklahoman and professed his client’s innocence.

“Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated,” said Matt Hennessy of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy & Ward. “my client takes these charges very seriously. He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court.”

As somebody who spent time as a crime reporter, let me say so far this follows form. The police investigate, the prosecutor decides on charges and then the defense attorney says, “my client is innocent.” As things wind toward trial we see what evidence there is, what holes there are in the case, and people talk plea bargains. This case could still go any number of directions (confrontations outside nightclubs are tricky to prosecute because some people are in altered states and remember things differently), but like a chess match the first handful of moves are pretty much scripted.

If convicted Perkins could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, although we all know it won’t come to that (nobody does max for misdemeanors).

  1. bigx21 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    This guy is ugly and doesn’t even belong in the NBA. He’s a thug.

    • usavebob - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      I’ve seen Kendall Perkins in public here in OKC three times and know a fellow who has had many contacts as he works in Chesapeake Arena. He and I would agree that he is friendly, and amenable in all of the interactions. Yes, he could have participated in an altercation but I’ll choose to give him the benefit of the doubt, here.

  2. aaronalexander23 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Free Kendrick! You heard it here first…lol

  3. leahcima1 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Has an attorney EVER said his client is guilty, yet are jails are full. Kendrick may well be innocent but his attorneys saying so doesn’t mean s**t.

  4. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I won’t go as far as to call him a “thug”, but he is unquestionably a subhuman with an extremely low IQ.

    • Kansachusetts - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      You would know.

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