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Cavaliers’ Kendrick Perkins involved in altercation with wife that required police intervention

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Oklahoma City Thunder Kendrick Perkins talks to reporters before practice on June 20, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing for Game 5 of their NBA Finals scheduled for June 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

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From Patrick Cooley of Cleveland.com:

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.


Listening to the recording of the 911 call, this doesn’t sound like much.

But anytime the police get involved, things can get tricky, and the Cavaliers probably would prefer to avoid off-court distractions like these as they fight their way deeper into the postseason.

The team issued a statement acknowledging the morning’s events.

“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.”