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No suspension for DeMarcus Cousins; injury may sideline him anyway

Mar 13, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

DeMarcus Cousins will almost certainly sit out Wednesday night when the Sacramento Kings take on the Chicago Bulls.

But not because the league told him too.

In a surprise decision, the league is not going to suspend Cousins for the elbow to the head of Mike Dunleavy on Monday reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

Yet that doesn’t mean Cousins is playing.

The big man who delivered a right elbow to the head of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Dunleavy on Sunday will not be suspended, according to NBA spokesman Tim Frank. Yet according to a person with knowledge of Cousins’ situation, he is not expected to play because of left leg pain caused by the collision with Dunleavy that preceded the incident in question. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on his behalf.

The league has had a pattern in the past of looking at a player’s history and patterns in deciding punishment, and this was Cousin’s fourth ejection of the season. But the league apparently sided with him that what he did was not deserving of the Flagrant 2 foul designation.

Apparently league disciplinarian Stu Jackson is feeling merciful lately, he also did not fine or suspend the Knicks J.R. Smith for an ejection after a foul to the head (that was the right call, Smith didn’t deserve the ejection in the first place).

What this really brings up is simply the league’s need for more transparency — conspiracy theories about NBA referees thrive because nobody quite understands the secretive world of referee oversight and discipline. Why were these not suspensions? Why have other fouls led to suspensions and fines? Why are the referees on the ground looking at replays and seeing something different than the league, and how is that remedied — the Kings lost that game to the Bucks in a close one that might have been different if Cousins had been on the court.

How the league handles referees needs to be a more open process than how a pope is elected or it give conspiracy theories room to take root.

  1. brutl - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    A lot of you “independent thinkers” (haha) read the words, watch the slow-mo, and say suspend the guy.
    Demarcus is not the lamb, YOU are the one being shepherded.

    Good on the NBA for making their own mind up instead of listening to some media prick with an agenda

    • libertarianvoter - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Yes, what fools these silly sheep be. They “see” (haha) with their “eyes” (lol) and think an obviously intentional elbow to the “head” (hardy har har) deserves a “suspension” (hohoho) along the lines of what other, lesser or similar, offenses have drawn.

      Thank God the NBA “has” (tee hee hee) shown themselves to be as smart as we are and decided a course of action by throwing darts at “a” (giggle giggle) board.

  2. badintent - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Conspiracy ? No. We talking about Stu Jackson. Bottom of the barrel Stu Without a Clue. I’d like to see Frank Robinson hired, he did a great job for MLB for many years in his position at the league office with brawls, beanballs,etc. Anyone can do a better job than Stu, even the NHL goon squad, Bettman’s finest, could run this program better.

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