Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor assault charge and released without bail for allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend June 27, according to a published report by Trevor Boyer and Graham Rayman of the New York Daily News.
The report cited "police sources" that said the 21-year-old Kurucs was allegedly involved in an altercation before "that spiraled out of control" with his girlfriend at the time in his Carroll Gardens apartment on Bond St. near First St. in Brooklyn.
During the argument, which the report said took place before 8 p.m. June 27, Kurucs allegedly screamed, "I am going to kill myself," before he put his hands around the woman's throat.
Kurucs then allegedly pushed her on a bed, slapped her twice in the face and bit her lip before picking her up and tossing her on the bed with enough force to hurt her ribs.
The Nets released the following statement to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: "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 organization takes allegations of this nature with extreme seriousness. While the investigation is underway as we continue to learn more, we will refrain from commenting further."
A second-round pick from Latvia taken by Brooklyn at 40th overall in the 2018 NBA draft, Kurucs averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds over 63 games (46 starts) as a rookie with the Nets during the 2018-19 season.