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Cousins suspended for striking Mayo in groin

12/12/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Sacramento Kings center Demarcus Cousins was suspended by the NBA on Wednesday for striking Dallas Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo in the groin region during Monday’s 119-96 loss at American Airlines Center.
 
Subsequently, Demarcus Cousins was forced to sit out Wednesday night in a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
 
The incident occurred with 3:35 minutes remaining in the first half of Monday’s game when Deamrcus Cousins was fighting for position and swung a balled-up fist behind him at O.J. Mayo, striking the Dallas Mavericks’ guard in the groin region. Both players were awarded technical fouls as a furious O.J. Mayo confronted Demarcus Cousins, but neither was ejected from the game.
 
"That guy has some mental issues, man,” O.J. Mayo said Monday night. “He's immature, man. Big maturity problem.”
 
However, Demarcus Cousins reiterated after practice on Tuesday that the hit was purely accidental, insisting that he only attempted to knock back O.J. Mayo’s hand.
 
“In slow motion, it looks like I did it on purpose,” stated Demarcus Cousins. “But you look in real speed, you see what happened. Of course it’s gonna get thrown out there that I did it on purpose.”
 
O.J. Mayo further went on to call Demarcus Cousins a “garbage player” who played dirty.
 
“I heard. This coming from a guy that doesn’t have a great image himself,” said Demarcus Cousins. “So what does his really mean? I’m fine with it.”
 
The NCAA has cited the former USC standout O.J. Mayo for receiving improper benefits form the institution and in 2011, the 25-year-old got into an on-plane tussle with former Memphis Grizzlies teammate Tony Allen over some gambling debut. At the end of that month, O.J. Mayo was also suspended by the NBA for PEDs.
 
But Demarcus Cousins’ slate isn’t clean either as he was suspended two-games by the NBA last month for engaging in a postgame verbal confrontation with San Antonio Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliot on 9th November. Sacramento Kings Keith Smart said that the center striking O.J. Mayos gained national reviews due to Demarcus Cousins’ notoriously propagated hot-headed reputation.
 
“We just saw that (in the) NFL a couple weeks ago with the young man in Detroit (Ndamukong Suh),” said Keith Smart said. “A play happens, and right away because of his history, it’s something. It’s bigger than what it is.”
 
Demarcus Cousins also exchanged words with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during the game.
 
 “We made a run (in the third quarter),” recalled Demarcus Cousins. “I started clapping, and the man said, ‘Eff off.’ I said, ‘Eff you,’ and that was it. And I still got scrutinized like I did something wrong.”
 
However, Keith Smart believed the verbal dispute went both ways.
 
“It’s unfortunate that stuff gets out like that because there was conversation all over the floor (Monday) night.. Obviously, one of our lightning rods is going to be right there,” said Keith Smart. “So it’s probably going to be taken to a level that it shouldn’t be.”
 
O.J. Mayo stated Demarcus Cousins “definitely has the talent” to “become great” but his antics will prove to be an obstacle in that achievement.
 
He's a talented player,” said O.J. Mayo. “He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don't think he wants it. ... Hopefully, he'll grow up out of it.”
 
 “Is he a franchise player?” shot back Demarcus Cousins. “So how is he going to tell me what I am?”
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