Charges of third-degree harassing communications against Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped and a misdemeanor case has been dismissed, his attorney Moshae Donald told ESPN on Friday.
A warrant for Cousins’ arrest was filed in a Mobile, Alabama, county court in August following allegations by Christy West, the mother of their 7-year-old child. West had alleged that Cousins threatened to shoot her during an argument regarding their son. TMZ shared an audio recording West took of the incident, and she said the male voice heard was that of Cousins.
Cousins, 29, could still be subject to an NBA fine or suspension as part of the league’s domestic violence policy. The league can undertake its own investigation, despite the absence of criminal charges.
After signing a free-agent deal with the Lakers this summer, Cousins suffered a torn ACL ligament in a summer workout and could miss most, if not all, of the Lakers season. He has remained with the team to rehabilitate the injury.