Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for NBA baller DeMarcus Cousins after he threatened to put a “bullet” in the head of the ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Christy West.
The Los Angeles Lakers Center is being investigated for misdemeanor harassing communications of the third degree two days after a leaked audio recording surfaced of Cousins allegedly threatening West.
TMZ published audio of an argument between a man identified to be Cousins and a woman believed to be West.
In the audio, the pair are arguing over whether or not West would allow their 7-year-old son to attend Cousins’ wedding in Atlanta over the weekend. Once West declines Cousins’ request, he is heard threatening to "put a bullet in (her) f---ing head,” even if “he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it.”
According to court documents obtained by ESPN, West filed a restraining order against Cousins in Alabama. Per court records, her request was granted, and a final hearing on the order is scheduled for November 4.
On Tuesday, NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement that they are aware of the domestic abuse claims against Cousins and are investigating the incident.
The Lakers also acknowledged the allegations: "We are aware of the allegations involving DeMarcus Cousins and, of course, take this claim seriously," the team said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
USA Today interviewed a defense attorney who said it was unlikely the 29-year-old would face "much if any" jail time.
Cousins signed a one-year $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in free agency. After injuring his ACL during an offseason workout, the Alabama native is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season.