DeMarcus Cousins charged with domestic-violence misdemeanor

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Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has been charged with a domestic-violence misdemeanor after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

The charge (third-degree harassing communications) was filed in Mobile, Ala., per the city’s records. Cousins faces both legal consequences and the NBA’s new domestic-violence policy.

Cousins and his ex-girlfriend reportedly argued about whether their son would attend his wedding. At one point in a call she claims was between her and Cousins, the voice on the other end said, “I’m going to make sure I put a bullet in your f—ing head.”

Sidelined by a torn ACL, Cousins was unlikely to contribute this season. How this case proceeds could significantly affect whether he plays in the NBA again.