NBA star DeMarcus Cousins has some explaining to do.
The 29-year-old, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2019-2020 NBA season, was allegedly caught on audio threatening the mother of his son. Cousins tied the knot on August 24 to girlfriend Morgan Lang, and the father of two wanted his 7-year-old son present for the event. When the mother of his son and ex-girlfriend, Christy West, said no, he was said to have threatened to shoot her.
“I’m a ask you this one more time before I take it to another level,” he can be heard saying during the phone conversation, which West recorded. “Can I have my son here? Can I have my son here, please?”
“No, he’s not coming,” she responded, to which Cousins replied, “Say less. I’m a make sure I put a bullet through your f–kin’ head.”
It’s unclear why West was against their son being at the nuptials in Atlanta this past weekend (perhaps school starting?), but according to TMZ, she filed a police report in their home state of Alabama to obtain a restraining order and has played the audio clip for court officials. In her court documents, she claims he also said to her that he was going to kill her, “even if he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it.” She further alleged that he displayed violent behavior towards her in the past, going as far to choke her. Though she is seeking the restraining order, West is reportedly open to the idea of him having supervised visits with their son.
While Cousins has no comment just yet on the matter, his team, the Lakers, issued a statement on Tuesday saying they were looking into the situation. Cousins was given a one-year contract with the organization during the off-season, but recently tore his ACL and is expected to miss the upcoming season and be out “indefinitely.”
“We are aware of the allegation involving DeMarcus Cousins and, of course, take this claim seriously,” the statement read. “We are in the process of gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
Cousins and Lang wed in Atlanta on Saturday with famous fellow NBA-playing guests in attendance.
You can see photos of the couple from their big day here.
People have had many thoughts about the fact that West wouldn’t allow the boy to be at Cousin and Lang’s wedding, however, we can all agree that his reaction wasn’t healthy — and could keep him from seeing his son for a lot more than just a wedding.