Domestic Violence Warrant Issued For Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins
Mobile, AL – An arrest warrant has been issued for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) DeMarcus Cousins in connection with threats he recently made to the mother of his child.
The problem started because Cousins, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, wanted his seven-year-old son to attend his upcoming wedding to girlfriend Morgan Lang in Atlanta on Aug. 24, TMZ reported.
His ex-girlfriend, Christy West, recorded the NBA All-Star threatening her over the telephone and took it to the police.
"I'm gonna ask you this one more time before I take it to another level," the man alleged to be Cousins said on the recording. "Can I have my son here, please?"
"No,” West replied.
"I'm gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f--king head,” the man said in the recording.
West said that Cousins told her he would kill her “even if he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it,” TMZ reported.
So the ball player’s ex-girlfriend went to court in Alabama and got a restraining order against him.
West asked that Cousins be kept away from her and their son but said she would be open to him having supervised visitation with their son, according to TMZ.
Cousins and Lang were married in Atlanta on Saturday without his son in attendance.
Mobile Police Spokesperson Charlette M. Solis told USA Today that an arrest warrant had been issued on Thursday afternoon.
“No arrest has been made yet. Hopefully, he will turn himself in on the active misdemeanor arrest warrant,” Solis said, according to TMZ.
The municipal court website said that Cousins has been charged with third-degree harassing communications.
The charge is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail, USA Today reported.
NBA Spokesman Mike Bass said Tuesday that the team was aware and was “investigating the allegations,” USA Today reported.
In his nine-year career in the NBA, Cousins has made an estimated $84.6 million.
He signed one-year deal worth $2.3 million with the Los Angeles Lakers in the off season and then tore the ACL in his left knee in August, NBA.com reported.
Cousins was expected to miss the entire season as a result of the injury.