Third-degree harassment charges filed against Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped, according to his attorney and first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. A misdemeanor case has also been dismissed.
The charges were filed against Cousins in August after the center’s ex-girlfriend alleged that he had threatened to shoot her in an argument over their son attending Cousins’ wedding later that summer. TMZ Sports released audio of the incident allegedly occurring between the two parties that led to an arrest warrant for Cousins being issued in Mobile, Alabama.
Cousins has not played this season after suffering a torn ACL in an offseason workout. The Lakers issued a statement at the time of the news to state that they were keeping an eye on investigations but have made no moves to cut ties with their free-agent signing, yet. Head coach Frank Vogel on Friday declined to say much about the new development but stated that the team was hopeful Cousins would play for the squad at some point this year.
It’s important to note that the charges against Cousins being dismissed do not automatically make him immune to disciplinary measures taken by the NBA. The league had announced an investigation on the situation but so far there have been no updates on where they stand.
There are no details yet regarding why charges against Cousins were dropped. We will continue to keep you informed if more news becomes available.