NBA investigating alleged Perkins-Randolph postgame altercation
The NBA is investigating an alleged postgame altercation between Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins that occurred after both players were ejected late in the game.
The NBA is investigating an alleged postgame altercation between Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins that occurred after both players were ejected late in Wednesday's Memphis -Oklahoma City game, a league spokesman told ESPN.com.
After both players were thrown out, there was a verbal altercation that occured near the locker rooms. The home and visiting locker rooms in Oklahoma City are separated by about 50 feet and a set of double-doors.
The Oklahoman originally reported that there was a police investigation, but Oklahoma City police denied an altercation took place and that there was an investigation.
A source who witnessed the event tells CBSSports.com there was a verbal confrontation between Randolph and Perkins, but nothing physical. "Just cussing back and forth," the source said.
Perkins did not make himself available to the media after the game, ignoring a reporter's request to speak. Randolph did speak to reporters, saying of the hallway incident, "It wasn't nothing. It was a good, tough, hard-fought game. It was competitive -- just out there playing, two physical teams that want to win. A lot of emotions flying, so just part of basketball.
"Man, I play basketball. I don't worry about all that. Perk's all right. There's a lot of bluffing going on the court, that's all, you know. And I don't bluff."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that both players "tried to get to each other but security prevented (a) physical altercation." The newspaper quoted a witness who called it "playground stupid."
The Grizzlies won, 107-97.
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