THE Sacramento Kings punished All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins for his multiple incidents with reporters. The team did not specify the punishment, saying Cousins received a ‘substantial fine’.
“The Kings have a clear set of standards of conduct expected of our entire organisation,” the team said in a statement.
“As a result of negative interactions with certain members of the media that were not corrected after verbal warnings, we have decided to impose a substantial fine. If this behaviour is repeated again, we will be forced to consider further discipline.”
Cousins confronted Sacramento Bee columnist Andy Furillo in the locker room earlier this month after Furillo wrote a column about a New York nightclub fight that involved Cousins and Kings forward Matt Barnes. Cousins was upset because Furillo mentioned Cousins’ brother Jaleel, an NBA Development League Player who was arrested after his involvement in a fight at a Tampa, Fla., bar in May.
Cousins, who was not involved in the altercation in May, confronted Furillo after the Kings’ game against the Lakers on Dec. 12.
“We’re going to have some real (expletive) issues,” Cousins told Furillo as he points in the reporter’s face. “Don’t ever mention my brother again.”
Cousins also released a statement following the Kings’ decision to fine him.
“Like most people, I am fiercely protective of my friends and family, and I let my emotions get the best of me in this situation. I understand my actions were inexcusable and I commit to upholding the professional standards of the Kings and the NBA.
“I apologise to my teammates, fans and the Kings organisation for my behaviour and the ensuing distraction and look forward to moving on and focusing on basketball.”
Cousins, who is signed through the 2017-18 season, has been the subject of trade rumours. He’s averaging 28.3 points and 10.7 rebounds this season.