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Players union appeals DeMarcus Cousins suspension

Nov 12, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT


DeMarcus Cousins did an immature thing — he heard Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliot was hard on him during the telecast and came out of the locker room in his uniform to confront him “in a hostile manner.”

The league is not fond of players confronting media partners like that, so Cousins got a two-game suspension, sitting out the Kings loss to the Lakers Sunday and he is supposed to sit out Tuesday against Portland.

But the players union is appealing the suspension as too harsh, according to the Sacramento Bee.

DeMarcus Cousins’ agent told me a few minutes ago that the Players Association is appealing the two-game suspension the third-year center received … According to (the agent) John Greig, the union is continuing to investigate the matter, but already is convinced the penalty is too severe. Cousins was informed of the two-game penalty and did not play in the Kings-Lakers game Sunday in Staples Center. The immediate goal is to get the suspension lifted prior to tomorrow’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Calls to the Players Association were not returned.

“We will definitely have something more to say tomorrow,” Greig added late Monday afternoon.

Without the details of what was said and how, I’m not going to speculate on if the suspension should have been one game or two, or none. It may or may not have been fair.

But I know this: If you can’t handle public criticism — even of things you feel or know not to be true — playing in the NBA is going to be rough for you. In talking about Cousins before Sunday night’s game Kings coach Keith Smart said he needs to be in Cousins’ ear about these kind of things like he does his 16-year-old son. Not good. By and large Cousins seems to be a good citizen, but he has lapses. And until he doesn’t it is those moments that define his public perception.

Fair or not.

  1. fotydaze - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Maybe if these guys were actually required to go to classes, pass them and stay longer than one and done, maybe Mr. Cousins would be better equipped to handle a little criticism.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Yes, no guy has ever come out of college after four years immature.

  2. smcgaels1997 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    At some point Elliott needs to be a professional broadcast partner..he also should be fined

    • kavika6 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      I would like to hear of a local announcer that doesn’t talk bad about the other team’s players. Especially when that player is talking so much trash about the announcers good friend. cousins should quit the NBA and join the crips or bloods.

      • guyaneserj - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM

        Your points were valid, until u got ignorant with the Crips/Bloods nonsense. If cousins, in the heat of the moment was immature, [which I’m not in no way shape or form condoning, cause he does need 2 grow up and stop acting like a child] you Sir .. well you have taken immaturity to a whole new level… grow up!!

  3. savvybynature - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    “If you can’t handle public criticism — even of things you feel or know not to be true — playing in the NBA is going to be rough for you”

    Well said. I don’t think Cousins seems like a bad guy, but he does seem to have anger management issues. Sometimes it does seem like he needs to grow up a bit (his response to not making the Olympic team, his response to routine foul calls during games, verbally going after a broadcaster).

    As for whether it’s fair or not, the NBA is a billion dollar industry, and thousands of families depend on the income it generates. Playing in the NBA and drawing those pay checks is a privilege, not a right. I am sorry if he feels picked on but he just needs to keep his head down and keep working and he’ll be fine.

    • guyaneserj - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM

      well said!

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Elliot said ZERO wrong, which makes Cousins’ post-game meeting even more ridiculous. Again, read what Elliot said and tell me exactly what he said that was personal toward Cousins.

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