In the not too distant future, Kings’ wing Matt Barnes is expected to turn himself in and face charges for a December nightclub incident in the Chelsea area of New York.
DeMarcus Cousins was at that nightclub at the same time, but he will not be charged in the incident, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com that Cousins has been “cleared of all wrongdoing’ by authorities after a Dec. 5 altercation at a Manhattan club that resulted in teammate Matt Barnes facing misdemeanor assault charges.
The players’ lawyer, Alex Spiro, confirmed to ESPN on Monday that Cousins has been cleared but declined further comment.
Cousins is not completely past the incident, both he and Barnes have already been sued in civil court over the altercation. One of the plaintiffs in the case alleges Cousins punched him, something Cousins’ people have denied.
There were reports more than a month ago out of New York that police in the city were close to arresting Sacramento’s Barnes for what happened during the Dec. 4 altercation at a Chelsea club where he and Cousins had gone. Barnes’ representative claimed any actions by his client were in self-defense. However, video of the incident reportedly shows Barnes as the aggressor and choking a woman, it was the argument between Barnes and this woman that started a bigger fight in the club, according to police reports.