LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, the University of Kentucky will induct its next class into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. That also includes former UK Basketball player DeMarcus Cousins who was a one-and-done player under Coach John Calipari.
In late August, the mother of his child alleged that Cousins made a threatening call to her. A recording of a call with an individual alleged to be Cousins was shared on celebrity website TMZ. In the recording, a person identified as Cousins asked if his son could attend his wedding. When he was told 'No,' he is allegedly heard on the recording saying he would put a bullet in her head.
There is an arrest warrant that has been issued for Cousins in Mobile, Alabama but he's been unable to travel since having surgery on his knee on Aug. 28.
UK Athletics issued a statement early Thursday afternoon saying the induction would go on as planned:
"We are aware of the allegations made against DeMarcus Cousins since we announced our Hall of Fame class in April and take them seriously. We will let the legal process run its course, but will proceed as planned with our induction ceremony this weekend. All inductees have the option to accept their induction in person or with a video sent in to be shown at the ceremony. DeMarcus will accept his Hall of Fame induction by sending a video, as many past inductees have done.”
When LEX 18 looked into the requirements for eligibility for induction into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame listed among them are "athletic & academic accomplishments of the individual while at UK & post-UK accomplishments and character."
DeMarcus Cousins is one of six people being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. Some domestic violence victims advocates say this sends the wrong message, given his pending misdemeanor court case involving an alleged phone threat to an ex-girlfriend. Thoughts? https://t.co/3SBZZyEQxy— Leigh Searcy (@LSearcLex) September 12, 2019