The latest on Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins comes in the form of a concerning report which came to light on Tuesday. Court documents obtained by Heavy show that Cousins’ ex-girlfriend, Cristy West, filed for a protective order in Mobile, Alabama, against Cousins on August 26 and said he threatened to kill her.
According to TMZ Sports, an audio recording leaked of what the gossip site says is Cousins threatening to kill the 27-year-old West — who is mother of his 7-year-old son — by putting a bullet in her head. In the court document, West makes the same accusation.
The whole argument transpired due to his ex-girlfriend — spelled incorrectly in the TMZ report and others as Christy West — refusing to allow their son to attend his wedding with his now-wife, Morgan Lang. Cousins and Lang were married on August 24 in Atlanta. According to TMZ, the phone call with West was recorded a day earlier.
The exchange between the two begins calmly before the man, which TMZ reports to be Cousins, starts to lose his temper by threatening West. You can listen to the audio below:
In the audio, the man identified by TMZ as Cousins, says,m “I’m gonna ask you this one more time before I take it to another level,” the man says … “Can I have my son here, please?” West responds, “No.” The man then replies with, “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f**king head.”
The Los Angeles Lakers issued a statement saying, “We are aware of the allegation involving DeMarcus Cousins and, of course, take this claim seriously. We are in the process of gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
Cousins and his representatives have not commented.
DeMarcus Cousins’ Ex-Girlfriend Says He Has Choked Her Before
West is seeking a restraining order against Cousins and has already filed a police report in Mobile, Alabama, regarding the incident. She also claims that Cousins has previously shown a history of violence, saying that he has choked her in the past, according to court documents obtained by Heavy.
Mobile Police told TMZ an investigation has been started.
West claimed in the court filing obtained by Heavy that Cousins told her he would kill her “even if he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it.” That statement is not heard on the audio recording obtained by TMZ.
In the court documents, West also accuses Cousins of choking her during a previous incident. West did not provide details of that incident in the filing. She wrote simply, “he have choked me before,” in the section labeled, “I genuinely fear the defendant will cause further abuse because…”
West said in the court document that Cousins made her afraid she would be seriously injured and threatened to hurt her.
West requested a court order to keep Cousins away from her and their son, but also said she would be open to allowing him to have supervised visits, the court document shows. She also requested that Cousins be ordered to pay for her court costs and attorney’s fees. West and Cousins do not have a court-approved custody agreement in place, West says in the court document.
The case has been assigned to a judge in Alabama, but no ruling has been issued.
West and Cousins began dating in high school, according to social media posts. Their son recently started second grade this year. West is now dating 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, according to his Instagram page. Ward, West and Cousins are all from Mobile, Alabama.
The Accusations Come After Cousins Suffered a Torn ACL During a Pickup Game
The past couple of weeks had been a whirlwind for the Los Angeles Lakers center. He suffered a torn ACL during a pickup game less than two weeks prior – effectively ended his season before he even played a single game for the Lakers.
The injury occurred just months after the 29-year-old had suffered a setback during his first-ever playoff series when he suffered a torn left quad. The injury sidelined him for two months before he returned during the NBA Finals. This was just a year after Cousins had suffered a debilitating Achilles tear that sidelined him for a full year.
But although things haven’t been pretty as of late for Cousins on the court, he experienced a major highlight in his personal life by getting married over the weekend. Former teammates such as Draymond Green, Matt Barnes and Anthony Davis attended the wedding.
“He’s been through a lot of late, so I’m happy to see him smile, be able to take his mind off his injury and enjoy his day,” Barnes told TMZ Sports.
However, just as things started turning a corner for the better, it now appears to be getting worse for the veteran center.
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