Kendrick Perkins has been walking on thin ice lately. The former NBA player turned ESPN pundit has been quite outspoken regarding his despite for Kyrie Irving, his plan to boycott the NBA season, and the way he's led the NBPA over the past week or so.
While Perk may have some valid points to his favor, the way he's handled the situation has drawn him a lot of negative attention. Truth to be told, he crossed the line more than once when calling out the controversial Brooklyn Nets' point guard.
Perk insulted Kyrie on Twitter and quickly deleted the post, right after he claimed that if he took his brain out and put in on a bird, it'd fly backward. So, with all of that coming his way, he had to reach out to Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson to clarify his comments about Kyrie:
“Now was my bird statement a little out of character? Yes, it was. And guess what? I apologized to Kyrie Irving for that. Do I agree with him sayin’ that we all need to hold out? No, I don’t. I don’t agree with that because I need to know a plan behind it, you see what I’m sayin’? That’s all. At the time was it appropriate? Absolutely not. Now thinking back on it, no. [But] Kyrie in my eyes, in my opinion, he’s confused. He’s confused as a leader. I’m standing behind it," he said.
The beef with Kyrie escalated quickly and drastically. In fact, his former friend and teammate Kevin Durant called him a sell-out on Instagram and mocked him on Twitter, clearly taking Kyrie's side. However, that doesn't worry Perk whatsoever, as he claims he's always been like that and Durant can be out of his life if he chooses so:
“I mean listen. One thing about it is, I’ve been the same person that I’ve been in the league. I’ve been outspoken, I’ve been a leader; I’ve been the same guy that you see on TV, I’ve been the same person that I’ve been in the NBA. So, at the end of the day guess what? If KD chooses not to be my friend, that’s on him. Because every other person that I befriended in the NBA, I’m still cool with to this day. I can still pick up the phone and call them," he added.
Perkins' beef with the Brooklyn Nets doesn't stop there, though, as Wilson Chandler also called him out on Twitter by stating "Ex players turning into suckers right before your eyes on television". But instead of continuing to make even more drama and replying to him directly on Twitter, Perkins revealed they spoke on the phone to clear the air:
“Listen. I haven’t changed my number in 15 years, brother. I’ve been having the same number. Like last night, I’ll give you a prime example – Wilson Chandler said something towards my way on Twitter. I didn’t get into a Twitter beef with him. What it did was I DM’d him, and I gave him my telephone number. And I told him, “Ay man, we talk this out like real men.” He called me, we did. And guess what? I understood where he was coming from, he understood where I was coming from and we hung up the conversation in good grace.
Straight up, just like that. Listen, one thing about me is, I ain’t duckin’ no phone conversations, I’m not duckin’ anything about it. But people DO have to realize is that I have a job. I work at ESPN, right? And I don’t come up with the topics. The topics are brought up to me. And I have to answer those topics to the best of my knowledge, and that’s what I do. Do you know what I’m sayin’? That’s what I do. Now was my bird statement a little out of character? Yes, it was; and guess what? I apologized to Kyrie Irving for that. Do I agree with him sayin’ that we all need to hold out? No, I don’t. I don’t agree with that because I need to know a plan behind it, you see what I’m sayin’? That’s all," Perkins concluded.
It seems like Perkins continues to lose credibility as days go by. He can't be going back-and-forth, letting his emotions get the best of him and then apologizing when everybody calls him out.
He was well respected like all former NBA veterans and Champions. Now, it looks like his clout is running out and players will just not let him nowhere near them.