Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend during a tense domestic dispute, prosecutors and police sources said Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, Latvian-born hoopster answered a misdemeanor assault charge in an afternoon appearance in Brooklyn criminal court, in which he did not enter a plea before he was released without bail.
Amid a heated June 27 argument with his 32-year-old girlfriend inside his Gowanus apartment, Kurucs grabbed a knife and threatened to kill himself, sources said.
But the athlete — who towers at 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds — soon redirected his meltdown toward his partner, dropping the knife to allegedly grab her by the neck, throw her on the bed and slap her, sources said.
The woman — whose name is being withheld by The Post because she is the victim of domestic violence — suffered a left rib injury when she fell off the bed during the dust-up and had to go to an area hospital, officials and sources said.
She reported the alleged spat to police on Aug. 27, and Kurucs turned himself in at the 76th Precinct station house in Brooklyn early Tuesday.
Kurucs, handcuffed and wearing a black hoodie and jeans, was slapped with an order of protection barring him from contacting the woman.
He and his lawyer quickly jumped into a waiting car outside the courthouse, leaving without comment.
Kurucs, who averaged 8.5 points and 3.9-rebounds per game in his debut NBA season last year, is expected to be a key bench piece for the Nets in the upcoming season.
He’s due back in court on Oct. 21 — just two days before the Nets open the 2019-2020 season with a home tilt against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Nets did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy
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