Cops are closing in on arresting NBA player Matt Barnes for assaulting a woman during a raucous brawl at a Chelsea nightclub, sources said Friday.
Barnes, 36, and fellow Sacramento King player DeMarcus Cousins, 26, have been under investigation for their role in the fight early Monday at the swanky Avenue nightclub on 10th Ave. near W. 17th St.
“They’ve got enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman,” a police source said. “It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pushed or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She’s obviously cooperating.”
Cousins, a key member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team, will likely not be charged, the source said. Source: nydailynews.com
Jasmine Besiso, 26, and her boyfriend, Myrone Powell, 35, filed a federal lawsuit against Barnes and Cousins on Thursday. Besiso claims Barnes choked her into unconsciousness.
Powell had two black eyes when he appeared at a press conference announcing the suit Thursday. His lawyer Michael Lamonsoff claims Cousins sucker-punched Powell in the side of his head. Powell was then stomped and hit by Barnes and other members of his entourage, according to the lawyer. Source: nydailynews.com