With the disconcerting news surrounding allegations stemming from DeMarcus Cousins’ ex-girlfriend, it doesn’t sound like any of this is going to be a quick process.
According to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, the NBA is now investigating the matter.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass statement on DeMarcus Cousins‘ situation: “We are aware of the report regarding DeMarcus Cousins and are investigating the allegations.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2019
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers and the Mobile, AL police are investigating the matter, as well. The Times also obtained a police report listing the alleged offense as the following:
“domestic violence misdemeanor for harassing communications. The woman would have to sign a warrant for police to proceed with charges, Solis said.”
Charlotte Solis is the spokesperson for the Mobile police.
During a recorded phone call obtained by TMZ, there is audio of a man (assumed to be Cousins) threatening who is believed to be Christy West, a recent ex-girlfriend of the Los Angeles Lakers center, by stating “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f–king head.”
While the extent of the investigation is not yet known, the NBA has been known to take their time during these type of allegations. Former Lakers coach Luke Walton was being investigated by the NBA back in April for allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Spectrum SportsNet host. It wasn’t until this past weekend that the NBA and the Sacramento Kings (who hired Walton a little over a week before the allegations) finally concluded its investigation, in which there was “not a sufficient basis” to support the claims. The lawsuit, however, is still ongoing.
After tearing his ACL earlier this month, Cousins isn’t expected to play in the upcoming season, anyways, and the Lakers went out and signed Dwight Howard to take his place. Since Boogie will likely miss the whole year, he won’t be on the court, so there isn’t necessarily any reason for the NBA to rush an investigation.
This could be something that is drug out for a while. We’ll continue to update you as more news surfaces.