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League suspends Kings’ Cousins one game for punch, fines him $20,000 for abuse of officials

Feb 27, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

The NBA League office just gave DeMarcus Cousins his own punch to the gut.

The league suspended him one game for a punch to the stomach of Patrick Beverley in the Rocket’s easy win Tuesday night over Sacramento. Cousins will sit out Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (a battle for the worst in the West).

Cousins also was fined $20,000 for “verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner” following his ejection later that game. You can see the video or that incident above.

The punch happened just more than two minutes into the game and was subtle, there was no foul called at the time. The Rockets had the ball and Beverley fed Dwight Howard in the right post than cut through to the weak side and as he did Cousins put his arm out and punched him in the gut. It was pretty bad and deserved a suspension.

You can see the video by following this link.

Cousins has a history with the league that did not help his cause here. He has a league-high 15 technicals called on him this season, one more and he will get a mandatory suspension.

Cousins is a complex person who has worked to change both rein in his aggressive attitude on the court, and to change his public image. This does not help that cause in the least, although Cousins did apologize for the outburst.

  1. eureca323 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    This guy is in his 4th season and he is still as immature as he was then. Kings actually do have a fair amount of talent on the roster, but it will be tough to go anywhere when this guy is expected to lead you.

    • kinggw - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      He’s 23. Relax. Go look at Chris Webber or Rasheed Wallace’s early career. They were just as bad and became quality players their team could rely on.

      Its partially his fault but Cousins suffers from a double standard. Joakim Noah does a lot of the same things Cousins gets criticized for, including being mouthy with officials and being overly demonstrative at times. The difference is people say Noah plays with passion and Cousins is immature, which is pure bs.

      Cousins should’ve been fined for his punch, but the techs should’ve been rescinded.

  2. phillysports1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Ahhhhhh shut up Demarcus. Nobody cares or believe you lol your not going change

  3. detroitbasketballfan - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    In his defense that shouldn’t have been a foul call at all he didn’t even touch him, Dwight just couldn’t finish the oop. He definitely overreacted but it was a terrible call.

  4. shadowgamesshades - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    It’s a shame that a guy with his potential has such a bad attitude.

  5. zacksdad - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I am sure Royce White will teach him how to act.

  6. beavertonsteve - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Classic-

    “I want to apologize and say sorry to my team and the fans for letting them down.”

    I guess he still thinks Beverley deserved the gut punch.

  7. titansbro - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Lol, looks like a veteran play to me. NBA is so soft.

  8. brutl - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    That ain’t a punch, that’s a flop!

  9. stayhigh_247 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    whose really following this dude? really, why?

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