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Ex-Celtics center arrested in Texas after nightclub outburst

By Maria Cramer
Globe Staff / August 14, 2011

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Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was arrested early yesterday morning after police said the NBA player became intoxicated and belligerent in a Texas nightclub.

Perkins, 26, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct just after 4 a.m. in Beaumont, where he was raised and was hosting a summer basketball camp.

Sergeant Marc Levy said Beaumont police were called after Perkins arrived with a large group of people and threatened to start fighting. Perkins had gone to the club after leaving a party, Levy said.

“He got drunk and wanted to fight everybody,’’ Levy said. “Almost started a big to-do.’’

His friends tried to calm him down and get him out of the club, Levy said, but Perkins did not want to leave.

“He refused and started cursing,’’ Levy said. “He was his own worst enemy.’’

It does not appear that anyone was hurt, and Perkins did not resist arrest, Levy said.

Perkins was taken to Jefferson County Correctional Facility at 4:17 a.m. and released four minutes later when he posted the $150 bail for each charge, according to a jail official who declined to identify herself.

The charges are minor and rise only to the level of a misdemeanor, Levy said.

“It’s like getting a ticket down here, more or less,’’ he said.

Perkins could not be reached for comment.

A call to his agent’s office phone was not immediately returned.

Perkins was popular with both players and fans during the seven years he played in Boston, where he was admired for his work ethic and ability to defend the league’s top players.

He was traded in February to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a controversial move that angered many Celtics fans.

Perkins was in Beaumont to play in a celebrity exhibition game Friday at Ozen High School, his alma mater, according to a local newspaper.

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Milwaukee Bucks forward Stephen Jackson, a Port Arthur native, were recruited to play, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

Perkins’s new teammates, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Eric Maynor, were also expected to play, according to the newspaper. But the game was canceled when several of the players, including Perkins, did not show up, the newspaper reported.

A spokesperson for Perkins said he was dehydrated and under doctor’s orders to stay home, the newspaper reported.

No other NBA players were with Perkins yesterday morning.

Levy, who watched Perkins play in high school, said he was surprised when he learned of the arrest.

“He’s always been nice to me,’’ Levy said.

Maria Cramer can be reached at mcramer@globe.com

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