Lawsuit accuses NBA teammates of assaulting couple at New York nightclub

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Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, left, and Matt Barnes talk during a game against the Washington Wizards on Nov. 28.
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Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are being sued after a nightclub altercation.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says a New York couple was attacked Monday at a nightclub in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It says Barnes choked a 26-year-old woman by the neck and her date intervened. It adds Cousins punched the man and Barnes, a former Laker and Clipper, knocked the woman unconscious with his elbow.

The lawsuit says Barnes and Cousins then punched and kicked the man. The couple were taken to a hospital. No one was arrested.


In an Instagram post Monday, Barnes said there are “always two sides to a story.” A lawyer for both players says he doesn’t believe a crime was committed though the players are cooperating with police.


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