While DeMarcus Cousins typically is in the news as a potential trade target, the two-time All-Star made headlines for a different reason Wednesday.
The Sacramento Kings center, as well as teammate Matt Barnes, were sued for more than $75,000 in federal court Wednesday by two people who claim they were assaulted by the two Kings players at a New York nightclub early Monday morning.
USA TODAY Sports obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the suit, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim the incident took place at Avenue Nightclub in the club’s VIP area.
Barnes allegedly grabbed Besiso by the neck and choked her, according to the lawsuit. Besiso also claims Barnes knocked her unconscious after elbowing her in the face.
Also in the lawsuit, Powell claims Cousins punched him when he tried to help Besiso. Powell then claims the two players tackled him to the ground and punched and kicked him “in the head, torso and lower body.”
Barnes took to Instagram to express his thoughts on the matter.
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