NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - NBA players Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings are being sued after an altercation at the nightclub 'Avenue' in Manhattan early Monday morning.
The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday 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 knocked the woman unconscious with his elbow.
The lawsuit says Barnes and Cousins then punched and kicked the man. The couple was taken to a hospital. No one was arrested.
Barnes told TMZ.com that he was the one who was attacked and was simply defending himself.
The NBA star was knocked to the ground in the melee and one of the men began to choke him.
"We're told Barnes got physical in an effort to protect himself. Teammate Demarcus Cousins also jumped in to defend Barnes. In footage shot moments after the fight, Cousins references Barnes getting choked," reported TMZ.
Barnes was in town to take on the Knicks the evening before. The Kings lost to New York 106-98.
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.
The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported that the altercation was because Fisher was dating Barnes' estranged wife. Fisher had filed for divorce from his wife, Candace in 2015.
With the Associated Press