Police in Mobile, Alabama are seeking to arrest Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge over threats he allegedly made towards his ex girlfriend, according to multiple reports.
A.J. Perez of USA Today first broke the news of the arrest warrant.
Mobile police spokesperson Charlette M. Solis told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that “an arrest warrant has been issued.” The third-degree harassing communications charge was listed on the Mobile municipal court website, although no other information was provided.
“Yes, a warrant has been signed,” Cousins’ ex-girlfriend told USA TODAY Sports in a text message Thursday.
Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Cousins allegedly threatened to kill his former girlfriend during a phone call on Aug. 23. TMZ posted audio which they say is Cousins speaking to her.
ESPN reports that Cousins’ former girlfriend “is seeking a restraining order against Cousins after she said in court documents and a police report obtained by TMZ that he threatened her and has previously choked her.”
On Tuesday, the Lakers and NBA both released statements on the allegations against Cousins.
Lakers' statement on the @TMZ_Sports report on DeMarcus Cousins: "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."— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) August 27, 2019
The NBA/NBPA has a strict Domestic Violence policy that was implemented with the 2017 CBA. Expect a thorough investigation into the allegations. https://t.co/UegYyF7OVq— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 27, 2019
Cousins was signed by the Lakers in July after spending the prior season with the Golden State Warriors. He tore his ACL two weeks ago and is expected to miss the entire season.
This story will update with more information as it becomes available.