Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs was formally charged with misdemeanor assault on Tuesday after appearing in court for an alleged incident that took place on June 27 in which an argument between he and his then-girlfriend became physical, with Kurucs eventually choking her and throwing her on the bed.
According to the New York Daily News and New York Post’s accounts of the incident, Kurucs allegedly grabbed a knife and told his girlfriend he was going to kill himself before dropping the knife and grabbing her around the neck, forcing her to walk to the bedroom.
Kurucs will report back to court on Oct. 21, just days before the Nets season opener. The Nets released a statement noting they are investigating the matter and take the allegations seriously.
Last season, Kurucs appeared in 63 games and averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20 minutes a game.