Nets player Rodions Kurucs arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend
A Brooklyn Nets player was arrested Tuesday for allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend in his Carroll Gardens apartment during an argument that spiraled out of control, according to police sources and the criminal complaint.
Rodions Kurucs, 21, allegedly attacked the woman on June 27 just before 8 p.m. in his apartment on Bond St. near First St. Police sources said the couple got into a bitter verbal confrontation that quickly escalated.
Kurucs allegedly screamed, “I am going to kill myself” then put his hand around the woman’s throat and choked her, the sources said.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward allegedly pushed her on the bed, slapped her in the face twice, bit her lip and pushed her into the bed frame, according to court papers.
At Kurucs’ arraignment Tuesday in Brooklyn Criminal Court, prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said the woman reported difficulty breathing and bruising to her left hand, ribs and face to a City MD clinic.
Kurucs’ lawyer Alex Spiro noted there are no photos of the alleged assault, and that the woman didn’t report the incident for nearly two months.
“As I understand it, self-reported injuries, judge,” said Spiro.
He added the then-couple flew to Las Vegas together the day after the alleged assault. They had dated for nine months and broken up days before she filed a criminal complaint, Spiro said.
Kurucs was charged with third degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and other charges. Judge Gina Abadi issued an order of protection and told him to stay away from the woman. She ordered him released without bail, with no objection from prosecutors.
Kurucs, dressed in a black hoodie, white t-shirt and ripped jeans, said nothing in court. His hands were cuffed behind his back. He was also silent as he left the courthouse and climbed into a black SUV.
The Latvian native will start his second season with the Nets in October under a three-year, $5 million contract, according to the playerswiki page. He averaged 8.5 points per game during his rookie year and helped Brooklyn reach the NBA playoffs. He previously played for the Barcelona basketball club in Spain, and has played for the Latvian national team.
“After learning of the allegations against Rodions Kurucs, we notified and are assisting the League Office as they begin the process of gathering more information,” the Nets said in a statement Tuesday. “The Nets organization takes allegations of this nature with extreme seriousness. While the investigation is underway and as we continue to learn more, we will refrain from commenting further.”