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DeMarcus Cousins ejected at halftime for arguing with refs

Feb 5, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

Note to DeMarcus Cousins: If you want to know why you don’t feel like you get a fair chance, that you don’t get the benefit of the doubt on issues, it’s because of moments like this. Too many moments like this. You need to work on letting things go.

DeMarcus Cousins was ejected at halftime of the Kings eventual overtime loss to the Utah Jazz on the road.

Cousins picked up his first technical with 2:33 left in the second quarter. For the remaining couple minutes of the first half he kept talking to the officials about that call. He wouldn’t let it go. The referees told him they were done, but that didn’t stop Cousins. After the halftime buzzer Cousins high-fived his teammates then went over to the officials and continued to discuss his issue. Calmly, but still at some point you have to let it go.

Keith Smart and Isaiah Thomas tried to step in, but Cousins said something and it was too late and he got a second technical and was ejected.

It was vintage Cousins — if he feels he has been wronged he cannot let it go. He cannot just move on and eventually that gets him in trouble. There are times, even when you are right, that discretion is the better part of valor, but that lesson is lost on Cousins. He has been suspended by the league or his own team a total of three times this season.

Watch the video and check out the hangdog look on Smart’s face when it happens. It tells the story.

For those of you scoring at home, that is an even dozen technical fouls for Cousins this season. At 16 you are suspended for a game.

  1. kinggw - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Most of Cousins’ actions are indefensible. I don’t know about what happened tonight. I was watching the game and think Cousins got railroaded. It wasnt exactly clear why he got the first tech because he wasnt in the referee’s face and wasnt being overly demonstrative.

    At the halftime buzzer he walked over to the ref and appears to calmly ask him a question. As he was walking away, the other official that was just standing there gave him the gate. That was a bush league move by the refs. Cousins gets into enough trouble by himself. He doesnt need any help from a ref trying to be the next Joey Crawford. The league should rescind at least one of those techs if not both.

  2. timb12 - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Does complaining to refs ever help anyone’s case? I don’t think during a game a ref has ever said “you’re right, I was wrong. Now let me change that call.” Keep your head down and play. It’s that simple.

  3. brianspider - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Apparently he said the ref was acting like a “‘Bleeping’ Female.” Hilarious

  4. hodaghunter - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Kurt’s right on this one though. You have to let it go and move on. In this league even the stars get T’d up from time to time. Cousins should have did his high-fives and walked to the locker room.
    For those who say he shouldn’t have gotten that second T you need to be exposed to someone who just won’t stop bothering you about something that happened a while ago. Maybe like a 5 year old that keeps asking “why?” every dang time you answer the question, eventually you get sick of it

  5. moseskkim - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Zach Randolph 2.0. Just needs a change of scenery. Way too much dysfunction there. He’ll be an all star soon after he finds a respectable coach who demands respect.

  6. amoose3 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    This is not at all to say Cousins isnt at fault, even though you can’t tell whats being said he should have taken himself out of that situation. That being said, its pretty interesting that a different ref than the one Cousins was talking to ejected him. Pretty obvious refs have strong feelings about him now and it wont take much (or anything) for them to eject him.

  7. BigBeachBall - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    To be fair… It is in utah…

  8. davidly - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    There are at least a dozen players in the league wh–doing the exact same thing, and reacting to it the exact same way–would not have gotten either technical.

    It’s easy for any of us not directly involved in the game on the floor to say, “He needs to control himself.”

    Missing a call here and there is one thing, it’s human, but blatantly inconsistent referee-ing and discipline is the single worst thing about the NBA.

  9. skinsfanwill - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The kid is an idiot. Period, point blank. Defend him all you want, he has no self control. He needs to grow up. Smart comes over to take the heat off of him because he knows he is close to a tech, (And most mature athletes know to let the coach/manager handle it at that point), this is when that immature fool decides to say something stupid. And the other ref is the one who heard it so he “teched” his dumb immature azz up. He is the poster child for selfishness and immaturity. He has to know by now that he is hurting his team with every rant. He needs to be on a team with a TRUE big man as a leader, so he can mature into the great player he is capable of being.

    • edwardemanuelson - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      I can think of a team in Texas that is the perfect learning and playing situation for this guy. And it ain’t the Mavs or Rockets. And their name rhymes with “slurs.”

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