Harassment charges against DeMarcus Cousins dropped, but Lakers center could still face NBA punishment

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Third-degree harassment charges against Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped. Cousins' lawyer, Moshae Donald, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski the misdemeanor case filed in Mobile, Ala., has been dismissed.

An arrest warrant was issued in August after Cousins allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, Christy West, who claimed Cousins said he was going to shoot her during an argument about their son. TMZ shared a recording of a phone conversation from West in which a man at one point says, "I'm gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f—ing head." West said it was Cousins' voice in that recording.

Although the legal case against the four-time All-Star has been dismissed, Cousins could face a fine or suspension under the NBA's domestic violence policy. As ESPN's Bobby Marks notes, the league is allowed to move forward with its own investigation despite the fact that Cousins faces no criminal charges.

After the recording became public, the NBA issued a brief statement: "We are aware of the report regarding DeMarcus Cousins and are investigating the allegations." The Lakers shared a similar statement, saying the team was "aware of the allegation" and taking the claim "seriously."

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Lakers this past offseason but has not played for Los Angeles after tearing his ACL during a summer workout in Las Vegas.

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