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DeMarcus Cousins says referee cursed at him before ejection

Nov 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected Saturday night, and that barely causes a ripple in the pond anymore. Cousins was called for a foul on Utah’s Enes Kanter, then after the whistle stopped play Cousins slapped the ball out of Kanter’s hands and that earned him his first technical.

Shockingly, Cousins’ disagreed with a call and went and said something to referee Gary Zielinski, then whatever he said walking away got him ejected.

Except that’s not how Cousins sees it — he told the Sacramento Bee it was Zielinski that cursed at him (hat tip to SLAM).

“The referee cursed at me,” Cousins said. “He told me to go (expletive) ask the other referee (about the first technical foul). I was going to say something back, kept my cool and walked away and still end up with a technical. So I still don’t understand….”

And what did Cousins see when he watched the replay?

“It’s DeMarcus Cousins, so let’s ‘T’ him up,” Cousins said.

Cousins’ play is fueled by his emotions, but he has to keep those under control better. It’s that simple. It’s what Kobe Bryant said about him at Team USA camp, it’s not a new discussion. He is the Kings best player, leading the team in scoring (16.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.6 per contest) — they need him on the floor.

Which is why if the referee swears at him, he has to walk away and say nothing (I find it hard to buy that’s what happened here). Cousins needs to be bigger than the moment. Who cares what the referee says? Let it go.

Be the mature person and get your revenge with wins.

  1. badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Send him to T-Mac. T will teach him what happens when you make a complete jackass of yourself and then have to take full responsibility for your actions.Was that Starbury flashing by in the paint for 2 ?

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    It’s hard to know who to believe here because Cousins is notorious for being a clown and refs are notorious for making calls based on emotion(see Crawford ejecting Duncan).

    • brutl - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      I’m guessing you never watched this kid play and are just buying into media sensationalism.
      If you even watched 5 seconds from this foul call to when he was ejected, then to see what is written here, you’d have to wonder if there’s a campaign against the kid.
      I’ve seen lots of players do the same thing to prevent a cheap and-1 since a lot of other players give up when the whistle is called but the shot still goes up and counts.
      Five seconds later they eject him for pleading his case. BS

  3. thomaskouns - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Always someone else’s fault with Cousins.

    Yeah, maybe a few of these incidents weren’t his fault but there is a pattern here.

  4. socalgal64 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    So, the ref telling him to “go effing ask the other referee” is cursing AT him? This dude has skin the thickness of tissue paper.

    • florida727 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I was thinking the exact same thing after reading the article and not just the headline. The headline makes it sound as if the ref looked right at him and said, “hey, you’re an @SShole”. Obviously not what happened AT ALL. Man, DeMarcus, grow freaking up. You’re supposed to be a professional athlete. Try acting like one.

    • lakerchuy - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      unless he wrote a note and had somebody read it to Cousins…. yeah im pretty sure thats a clear example of somebody being cursed AT. do you need a sign?

      • socalgal64 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        No, that’s a clear example of the ref cursing TO him, not AT him. You apparently need the sign, son.

  5. lakerchuy - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    whether or not he cursed “AT” him (which would be the case if he did say it, in case anybody doesnt know the definition of the word “at”) Cousins is always gna have a bad wrap. if cousins blows his lid, then shame on him – league will handle it. but if referees are, in fact, acting this way…then they should be held just as accountable as players. i long to see thee day where refs receive fines for blowing/missing calls and add fines for cursing (if this is happening too) it would be nice to see some accountability for the quality of the job they are performing.

    • sdlakerfan - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Really? All this support for LakerChuy saying refs should be fined for “blowing/missing calls”? It’s impossible to not blow/miss calls in a fast moving game like bball and absurd to suggest they should be fined for this. No one get fined for doing their best on their job whether they screw up or not. Maybe your job should fine you for every typo and math error you make at your job, right?

      And who the F… cares if a ref said F…? What kind of sissy would make an issue out of this? Cousins needs to put his big boy pants on and not knock the ball out of the hands of the guy he just fouled…and then not complain about it after he gets a very appropriate technical for his immature behavior. Hope he learns a lesson from this but it sounds like he’s just trying to blame someone else for his own problem.

      • lakerchuy - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        Yup. 9-6 sucker. BOOM! If it’s impossible for refs to not blow or miss calls, especially ones that end up determining the outcome of the game, then players shouldn’t get fined for pointing out missed calls during interviews! The code of conduct for players should be followed by the refs and anybody else to represents the league.
        Also, do you need to be reminded of Tim Donaghy? There needs to be accountability for refs. Donaghy is an example of why somebody should be policing the police.
        P.S. F*CK OFF (don’t be a sissy, this is just mature referee talk)

      • sdlakerfan - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:52 AM

        It was 8-2 when i pointed out how moronic your comment was. 1-5 since…BOOM!

        Tim Donaghy was a criminal which is much different than blowing calls unintentionally. And someone did police the police and that’s how he ended up in jail.

        And you made a big deal about someone saying f… and then you write it to me. Sounds like you have a case of Cousinitis…no wonder you took the side of a silly immature sissy punk.

  6. ryansilva01 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    One thing you have to understand about DeMarcus Cousins, he is obsessed with ‘Justice’. He does not have “thin skin” when it comes to criticism, I would say he has a healthy amount of ego for someone of his talent level. He just sees inequities everywhere, even when they don’t exist.

    I do think DMC is getting a bit picked on by the refs lately, but if he begins to gain control of himself in those situations as a result of the refs singling him out, great!
    If not the refs may indeed be making it worse.

    That’s about as much as I can defend DMC, his argument about a ref swearing at him is hard to buy into. Players swear all game long and don’t get techs. As long as it’s not aimed at a ref, they let it fly. I am curious as to how much the refs lose their cool, so maybe this will force the NBA to take a closer look.

    It reminds

  7. anarchopurplism - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Grow a pair

    DC has issues controlling his emotions & is complaining about someone else having the same problem?

  8. paulwoodsby - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Oh no! Innocent big boy cousins heard a swear. Now he is corrupted for life.

  9. wowwowbad - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    He’s this generation’s Rasheed Wallace. Until he matured he will never be a true star.

    • skinsfanwill - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Rasheed was always in control. He wanted those techs. He got techs because of what he said, not for being immature and acting a fool. He basically let the refs know their call was bullzhit. Can’t compare the two. Cousins is a fukkin idiot.

  10. habibthomas - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I see you idiots above are missing something here. If Cousins would have cursed at ref he would have got fined but its ok for refs to curse at players right?

    • sdlakerfan - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      If accurately reported by Cousins, the ref said something like go ask the other f’n ref. Seems like a stretch to call that cursing at someone. Doesn’t sound like he was trying to be offensive to Cousins at all. If a player said it went off his f’n hand (in a calm manner) do you really think the player would have been fined as you claim…doubt it.

      • lakerchuy - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        wrong again sadlakerfan… if cousins told the ref it went of his f’n hand, he would have gotten T’d up and gotten the fine that comes with it. I dont even really care about cousins because im not a Kings fan. you are the one making the big deal out of what was said because you base your opinion off of the attitude and things that come out of cousins mouth. who freakin cares! let him play his game. he isnt there to make friends. if the media and viewers wanna jam mic’s in these guys faces, then dont get mad and hold a grudge against them if you dont like what they have to say. but if you are going to base your judgement off what comes out of peoples mouths, then hold the damn refs accountable as well.
        you made a comment about not being fined for making mistakes earlier in my workplace, (which was totally irrelevant) but if thats how your retarded mind works, then you would make the same arguement that it is ok for your boss to tell you to “go F*cking grab something for yourself” or “go F*cking find the answer to a question for yourself” …unless it is in a calm manner. change your name to sadfakerfan, cuz ur a sad excuse for a laker fan if you are as retarded as you have displayed in these posts.

      • sdlakerfan - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Didn’t mean to have you get your panties bunched up little boy. I’m sure I’ve been a Laker fan longer than you’ve been alive and I don’t see how expresssing my opinion that Cousins is the one at fault in this incident has anything to do with my being a Laker fan.

        What I said was:
        1 – It’s impossible not to blow calls sometimes – doesn’t mean refs should not be held accountable and I’m sure they are in some way but not fined for every blown calll as you suggested.
        2 – Employees don’t usually get fined for honest unintentional mistakes.
        3 – I’m sure the refs don’t fine a player every time they hear a foul word.

        Don’t know what gets you so riled up about any of this – seems logical and true to me. Sorry you don’t agree with me and sorry you have to stoop to the level of illogical arguments and insults.

      • sdlakerfan - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        And what isn’t relevant is:
        1 – Bringing Tim Donaghy into this – he wasn’t making unintentional mistakes.
        2 – Mentioning a boss say f’n this or that – refs aren’t the players bosses and don’t even work for the same people.

  11. justwannawinna - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Once this guy shows that he can control his emotions and play the game with better skill than his athletic ability he will be in a class with Dwight. This guy deserved to be the number 2 pick in that draft over Turner who has turnes into a decent scorer.

  12. skids003 - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t racial.

  13. mrmafaka - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Cousins hook yourself up to a lie detector, if you are telling the truth, then the referee gets a 5 game paycheck suspension, if you are a liar, which is where the good money is betting, you stick a double barrel 12 GA. shotgun down your throat and kill yourself on you tube.

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