"You Cheated," "Spreading Lies": Serge Ibaka Slams Kendrick Perkins

In talking about his old Oklahoma City Thunder squad of a decade ago, Kendrick Perkins today accused ex-teammate Serge Ibaka of lying about his age. Ibaka has now fired back with a savage attack on Perkins. 

Ibaka started out by saying "it's disappointing to hear someone I shared a locker room with spreading misinformation to be relevant and get views on TV and social media." And it didn't end there. Not even close.

"When KD had a bad game you criticized him behind his back, and when Russ had a bad game then you criticized him," continued Ibaka. "You were not a locker room leader, and then you continued doing the same in the media.

"I am not surprised to see these actions from someone who got his job by breaking the locker room code and by spreading lies about two of his former teammates and brothers like KD and Russ."

The Republic of the Congo native also took offense to Perkins' insinuations that players from Africa lie about their age. 

"If I was 30 in OKC I guess I am 45 now? The truth is I never lied about my age and I work extremely hard everyday without cheating and I have never been suspended. Everyone in the league knows that. You cheated and didn't respect the game.

"You can talk about my game If I don’t play well, I will never have a problem with that. But to talk extra for no reason is really not acceptable. It is disrespectful to me and I feel like it is disrespectful to many Africans who have to live with that unfounded accusation.

"I understand everyone needs to do their job and take care of their families, but you are proof not everybody knows how to do it with class and dignity. I have more to say about you but I am not that kind of person, but this time you went too far."

Serge has always been an upstanding teammate, and was a key performer and one of the team leaders in helping the Toronto Raptors win the 2019 NBA championship. 

Here's the original Perkins rant, for context, as he's talking about that OKC team of over a decade ago.

"Kevin Durant is only 23 years of age, Russell Westbrook is only 22, James Harden is 22, Serge Ibaka is 21, although he was probably 30 at the time because we already know how certain individuals lie about their age."

As Ibaka said, "this time you went too far."

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