Posted March 12, 2014

Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins suspended for punch, fined for verbal abuse of official

DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings

The NBA has suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 for his involvement in two separate incidents during Sacramento’s 129-103 loss to Houston on Tuesday. The fourth-year center will be unavailable when the Kings travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday. A one-game suspension without pay will cost Cousins roughly $44,000.

Cousins drew the suspension for “punching” Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach less than three minutes into the game.With a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter and Sacramento leading 5-4, Beverley cut through the paint to create space for Dwight Howard to operate in isolation on the block. As he crossed the paint, swung his right fist up into Beverley’s midsection, causing Beverley to flinch in pain. No foul was called on the off-the-ball action.

The fine was assessed for Cousins’ behavior following his ejection in the third quarter, as he “verbally abused” an official and failed to leave the court in a timely manner. Cousins’ ejection occurred with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Houston leading 73-54. Rockets center Dwight Howard stretched to finish an alley-oop dunk with Cousins underneath him. After the slam attempt missed, Cousins was called for a foul for leaning in Howard’s direction, although there didn’t appear to be much contact between the players.

After initially questioning the foul, Cousins was assessed a technical foul after Howard attempted his first free throw. Again, Cousins disputed that call and raised his hands as if to ask what he had done. At the next dead ball, Kings coach Michael Malone stood up for Cousins, but Cousins joined the conversation, shouting at referee Courtney Kirkland as Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson tried to restrain him.

Kirkland then assessed Cousins a second technical foul, which triggered an automatic ejection, and Cousins lashed out one more time, attempting to confront Kirkland before he was escorted off the court. Cousins departed with 16 points (on 6-for-13 shooting) and six rebounds in 20 minutes.

After the game, Cousins issued an apology on Twitter.

“Disappointed with the way I acted out on the court tonight,” he wrote. “I want to apologize and say sorry to my team and the fans for letting them down.”

RELATED: DeMarcus Cousins calls Mike Dunleavy a “clown”

Cousins now has a league-high 15 technical fouls on the season and will face a one-game suspension following his next technical foul. This was his first ejection of the season. Last year, Cousins racked up a league-high 17 technical fouls and four ejections.

Back in December 2012, Cousins was suspended for one game after he delivered a low blow to then-Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. Earlier this season, Cousins was the victim of a low blow from Hawks guard Dennis  Schröder.

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36 comments
ilovemydawgs
ilovemydawgs

Why do they keep this dude? I was so glad Patrick Patterson got traded if they were gonna play Thug Demarcus instead of good pl like Cousins.Cousins has some serious mental and mean issues. He could donate some money to the homeless and hungry instead of all those fines?

Pat11
Pat11

That wasnt much of a punch if at all, he was trying to slow him down, see that kind of stuff almost every game. ALso he had every right to be upset on that foul called on him against Howard as he may have not even made contact with him. He was made an example of because he exposed the biased officiating, and the NBA has never taken kindly that. He could be the dominant center in the league if he just kept his temper in check and enjoyed himself more. 

R3
R3

This guy is a serious loser.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

He's still the best center in the game. Cousins got better post moves than D12. And  Beverley is a dirty player so screw him

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

sometimes i think cousins is just a head case and then i watch the replays and i realize that at least half the time they are just trying to get the guy to go ballistic to mess with his head.  a punch?  really?  that wasnt even incidental contact.  that was a flop by the defender.

wade literally ripped rondos arm out of place and he didnt even get called for a foul at all.


and the foul against howard?  there was zero contact on that play at all.  cousins literally put his arms down and moved away from howard.   and how about the technical?  he did absolutely nothing to deserve the tech.  


this reminds me of the nicole/oj situation.


nicole certaintly didnt deserve to die, but she certainly agitated a known wacko until he cracked.


looks like the same thing here.


the refs know this kids on edge and yet they are going to keep screwing this kid over until he kills one of them.


and cousins will go to prison, but the refs as a group will absolutely be a contributing factor to cousins losing it all and ending a refs life.  its so sad that people in charge have to go on a power trip to ruin someones life for no reason.  nba refs are the worst officials in professional sports and the video above proves that fact again.



drudown
drudown

Sorry, that is not a punch. That is incidental contact.

kj4027
kj4027

The guy is a head case and is probably mad that he is still playing on his rookie contract that pays him about 5 million this year and a club option for next year. If he had kept his act together the Kings probably would have started to negotiate a longer term deal that would double his salary. I am sure they would like to package him in a deal but teams are shying away because of his penchant for being an idiot.

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

lol where is the punch? that light tap to the mid-section? I admit Cousins needs to watch himself, but they are watching him closely and will call anything.

muser
muser

Kentucky class....

DSM
DSM

Any reprimand to the refs for missing seeing the punch?

geoAZ
geoAZ

Isn't there an adult in the Kings' organization who can take this kid under his wing???

leebog
leebog

rasheed wallace 2.0

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Were Cousins and Richie Incognito separated at birth, or what? I just don't understand what it takes for some people to learn. The same mistakes over and over.

Andrews070
Andrews070

Dudes gotta grow up biggest baby in league

MichaelRileyLay
MichaelRileyLay

So Jakim Noah goes up to each ref and tells them to go "F" Them self individually and is find 10k no suspension. Cousin tells one ref that he's probably related to a female dog and gets this?

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

@Pat11 it so sad that nba refs have reduce the worlds best sport down to a wwe entertainment event and that the stern and now silver allow it to happen.  thats why i dont watch too much nba ball.  too much game-fixing by uncontrolled refs.

k102015
k102015

@PHIFAN20  

You're right, he's the best center at getting technicals. That's about it

duckfan59
duckfan59

@qt3dot14 They realize they CAN get in his head and throw him off his game. They're going for any competitive advantage they can get, Cousins' job is to remain focused and play his game. Until he learns to control that temper, ignore the psyche jobs and focus on playing this will continue and he'll continue to get fined, ejected, suspended. It's called growing up.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@qt3dot14  "wade literally ripped rondos arm out of place and he didnt even get called for a foul at all. "


Wade definitely should have been suspended for that.  If you're going to cripple a celtic, at least make sure it's Paul Pierce, since he already has a wheelchair.


Other than that, I disagree with your post.  It's not the refs' job, or other players' job, or even his coach's job, to get Cousins to control his anger.   If he can't control himself, then it's time to get some counseling or some professional help.


Every player in the league gets screwed by refs sometimes. Even Lebron, I've seen get hammered hard going to the hoop and not get a call.  Refs just can't see everything that happens all the time. 


Get one tech because you feel you're getting screwed?  Yea, maybe, that happens.  Wait until your coach is sticking up for you with the refs and then you still can't stay away or keep your mouth shut?  Inexcusable.  That's not sticking up for yourself, that's just being stupid.

jsmarkley
jsmarkley

@qt3dot14 Did you just compare a bad foul to a homicide? Way to blame the victim too. I guess she'd still be alive if she just kept her mouth shut, right? 

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@qt3dot14  All good points.  To some extent, all of us are guilty of this too.  Two new employees begin at the same company on the same day.  Employee 1 is late/tardy for work 5 times in his first 90 days on the job.  Employee 2 is not late/tardy even once in his first 90 days...


Yet, when they reach their one year anniversary at the company, employee 1 has been late to work a total of 6 times.


Employee 2 has been tardy 8 times in the fist 12 months.


Employee 1 has been and still is thought of as always being late because he was late so much when he first began working there, even though employee 2 is worse than him with respect to being late.


Cousins is employee 1.  Perception has been set from his screwball ways.  Even if or after he straightens up, he'll still be thought of that way...


If he goes long enough on the straight and narrow, it will slowly change.


So all of us regular Joes do similar things to people in our lives too...


Cousins is just in a lot more visible role is all compared to us.

Ryan19
Ryan19

@drudown  Sorry, that was clearly a punch.  And it was also clearly intentional.  

MyopicNonsense
MyopicNonsense

@kj4027  He signed an extension at the beginning of the season MORE RON!! IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CLOSE YOUR BOCA MENSA

duckfan59
duckfan59

@ESPNBoardGOAT They are watching him closely because of his past behavior. You can't continue to act like a (insert your favorite profanity here) and expect there to be no consequences.

el-cid
el-cid

@ESPNBoardGOAT  I'm with you.  I had to watch the thing a few times to figure out what happened.  Beverly looked about as hurt as when a little kid falls, waits to see if he'll get some sympathy and then realizes that nobody is looking and then goes back to playing. 

KurtSteiner
KurtSteiner

@ESPNBoardGOAT     Seriously?    That's a nasty little quick smack he gives Beverley.   If a guy Cousins size hit one of us like that, we wouldn't be feeling too good.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@MichaelRileyLay  Gee, if only the article explained the fact that the suspension is for punching Patrick Beverly.


CDrex
CDrex

@MichaelRileyLay  To be fair, I think he got in at LEAST three "F you"s on Kirkland as he was being dragged away.

Pat11
Pat11

@Sportsfan18 @qt3dot14I was late by about 2 to 5 mins alot when I worked the late shift but beings I closed the call center I always stayed past shifts end to close up and handle late calls. Early shift folks always got awards even though they stopped taking calls 40mins before there shift ended. I had to clear the ques before going home and almost always worked 10 min or so past shift. So I was the late person who didnt care even though I was easily working 15hours or more per month than the early shift guys. Go cousins, kick a non deserving early shift guy in the groin for me.