DeMarcus Cousins could face suspension over tirade, ejection
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac conceded that star player DeMarcus Cousins could be suspended for his on-court conduct leading up to and after his ejection from Monday’s 122-103 loss to the Golden State Nuggets.
Divac said he spoke to Cousins after the game and indicated the superstar center has the organization’s support despite the meltdown and he won’t be disciplined by the team over the incident.
“He said he understands what he did but he didn’t do anything wrong in my opinion,” Divac said, via the Sacramento Bee.
Cousins’ frustration and ultimate blowout stemmed from how he had to sit out the entire second quarter after picking up three fouls in the first quarter. Things completely spiraled out of control after Cousins picked up his fifth foul with the Kings holding a two-point lead early on the third quarter.
He was quickly assessed two technical fouls and ejected due to his tirade, which included Cousins having to be restrained by teammates and coaching staff to prevent him from confronting referee Mitchell Ervin.
Kings head coach George Karl went out of his way to defend Cousins as well, blaming the entire incident on officials.
“It just seemed to me there were cute, soft fouls called on DeMarcus and he got his fifth and he lost his cool,” he said.
Karl pointed out that even a poorly officiated game doesn’t justify losing composure.
“We had a tough, bad refereed game but we can’t emotionally lose it,” he added.
Once Cousins was ejected, the Warriors seized control of the game and a 19-point margin of victory.
Cousins is well-known for his fiery on-court demeanor, something that has caused him trouble throughout his career. But it appears in this case the Kings organization have his back.