As TMZ reported early on Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins allegedly called his 7-year-old son’s mother, Christy West, to try and get his son to his wedding in Atlanta this past weekend. West said no, and audio of the alleged conversation between the two was obtained by TMZ after West filed a restraining order against Cousins. In the audio of the call the man, alleged to be Cousins, tells West “I’m gonna make sure I put a f*cking bullet in your head,” after being told she won’t allow Cousins’ son to attend the wedding.
DeMarcus Cousins Audio Allegedly Threatening to Shoot Baby Mama Before Wedding pic.twitter.com/4lmucjO0lW
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 27, 2019
Later on Tuesday, the Lakers released a statement acknowledging that they were aware of the video in question and were gathering information into the allegations that they take “seriously.”
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
It is obviously a serious and troubling allegation and one the Lakers and NBA will begin investigating immediately. Cousins is likely miss much of, if not the entire, 2019-20 season as he rehabs from a torn ACL. It’s the latest in a string of three major injuries in the last two years for Cousins, who also ruptured his Achilles in 2018 and tore his quad at the start of the playoffs last year. The Lakers had expected to rely on Cousins to be a big part of their center rotation, and his injury led them to bringing Dwight Howard back to Los Angeles to fill in the gaps in that rotation.