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Thunder C Perkins charged with assault

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Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a woman outside a nightclub in Houston in July, according to KHOU.com.

Perkins and his brother-in-law were charged when the case was re-filed after being dismissed. Perkins posted a $1,000 bond on Thursday.

The alleged incident occured after two vehicles backed into each other outside the club and an altercation ensued. Perkins was a passenger in one of the vehicles. A woman involved, Miketta Cotton, told police that Perkins punched her brother, Ja'Keenan Cotton, in the head and then punched her in the face, causing her to fall down.

"We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."

It is the second allegation of violence against a woman involving a Thunder player in as many months. Reserve guard DeAndre Liggins was released in September after he was arrested in Oklahoma on domestic abuse charges. Liggins was accused of punching his girlfriend in the head and dropping a fan and an Xbox gaming system on her head.

In 2011, Perkins was arrested on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a fight outside a bar in Beaumont, Texas. The charges were later dropped.

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