Texas was on a bye week, but that didn’t stop offensive guard Kent Perkins from making headlines over the weekend. Unfortunately, it was for all the wrong reasons.
The senior o-lineman was arrested on complaints of driving while intoxicated after crashing his Dodge Charger on campus early Friday morning. When police responded to the scene, they found Perkins passed out behind the wheel. He was arrested around 3:00am.
The officer woke Perkins — twice, because he allegedly fell back asleep the first time — and performed a field sobriety test after allegedly noticing the scent of alcohol on his breath. Perkins reportedly failed the test and admitted to drinking.
After the arrest, coach Strong released a statement.
“We are aware of the situation involving Kent Perkins and gathering facts at this time,” Strong said. “We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s just something that you can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information.”
That punishment, Strong announced on Monday, will include being suspended for the Longhorn’s game against the Cowboys this weekend.
In somewhat of a bold, yet refreshing, move, Perkins was made available to the media on Monday. He didn’t shy away from taking responsibility for his actions, either.
“I want to apologize to my team, my coaches, my family,” Perkins said. “That’s not me, not my character, not what I’m about. I know I disappointed a lot of people.”
“I’m grateful I didn’t cause injury to somebody else. I’m thankful to God nothing physically happened to me or anybody else.”