Dennis Schroder suspended one game for crotch shot on DeMarcus Cousins
Dennis Schroder: The balls, er, I mean bells, have tolled for thee. The Atlanta Hawks rookie has been suspended for one game by the NBA for a play that occurred during a game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
While trying to overcome a screen set by Isaiah Thomas, Schroder’s fist met DeMarcus Cousins’ crotch with some force, causing the Kings big man to visibly wince in pain following the contact.
Cousins was irate following the game, claiming that the only reason a foul wasn’t called on the play is because of his somewhat troubled reputation.
“I took a cheap shot to my lower area,” Cousins said. “They (the refs) just blew it off. I guess because it was me. But as soon as something happens on the other end, because it’s me, they run to the camera.”
Cousins at least can rejoice and take comfort in knowing that the NBA has got his back — or crotch in this instance — and has punished Schorder for the act of aggression against his nether regions.
On Wednesday, before the suspension was handed down, Schroder attempted to plead his case, saying no intent at crotchal harm was intended.
“I was guarding Isaiah Thomas, and we got tangled up as I was trying to get around the screen,” Schroder was quoted as saying by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “I was just focused on getting back into position and in front of my guy.”
Judge for yourself. Is Schroder speaking the truth or is his statement a “balled”-face lie? (I am aware that it is “bald-face” — just trying to do some puns — work with me here)
It certainly seems like Schroder could have avoided the contact, but who’s to say? Either way, Schroder will have to sit a game and think about how it is best — with intent or not — to avoid punching opponents in the crotch.