Police are investigating a Wednesday morning altercation between Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins and his wife.
A 911 caller alerted police about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that a woman was hitting a man inside an SUV on Crocker Road and Hilliard Boulevard. The caller said the woman was trying to keep the man from getting out of the SUV parked alongside the road.
When officers arrived, they found Perkins and his wife, Vanity Perkins, in the black SUV. Neither had any visible injuries and both said it was just an argument.
Neither were taken into custody.
The Westlake city prosecutor is reviewing the incident to decide if he will be charged with a crime.
An officer gave Perkins a ride home and his wife left in the SUV, police said.
“We are aware of a police report concerning a dispute between Kendrick Perkins and his wife, Vanity, that occurred this morning near their home in Westlake, OH. There were no arrests or citations made by the Westlake Police, who responded on site, and there have been no accusations of wrong doing. 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. 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.”
Taj Gibson, after fans threw things at him following his ejection: ‘That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland’
What angered Gibson almost as much as the ejection was the fact that fans threw objects at him as he was escorted off the floor by Bulls head of security Eric Buck.
“That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland,” Gibson said. “[That’s the] second time in a row they threw stuff at us. It’s classless, but we’re here to play basketball. I can’t focus on that kind of stuff.”
“It was a dirty play,” said Smith. “Delly plays hard; he’s not going to try to hurt anybody. But that was a dirty play. I know a little thing about dirty plays, so, it was a bad play. [The referees] made the right decision [to eject Gibson] … There’s just certain things you just don’t do.”
Smith, of course, does indeed know a thing about dirty plays.
Smith was suspended for the first two games of this series for a backhanded punch to the face of Boston’s Jae Crowder in the Cavaliers’ series-clinching Game 4 win over the Celtics. He’s always been a bit tone deaf about controversial things that take place on the court, but this particular remark just comes across as amusing more than anything else.