The Sacramento Kings have suspended DeMarcus Cousins due to “"unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” Cousins and head coach, Keith Smart, got into a heated verbal altercation during halftime against the Los Angele Clippers on Friday.
"We're trying to set a standard here, and when guys move below that standard, things are going to take place," Smart said after the game in Los Angeles. "We'll just move on to the next game and I'll make some decisions from there."
Since the suspension, Cousins has come out to publicly apologize for his continual immaturity problems. "What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. But I was wrong. I was wrong," said Cousins. "I'm a player that definitely wants to win every night, and I'm an emotional player. That's never going to change. But I shouldn't have responded back. Something was said, and I just should have stayed quiet. Is it a humbling thing? Yeah, I will say that. I mean, I messed up and I apologize to my teammates for responding the way I did and I'll move on from it."
This isn’t the first time Cousins has been disciplined for his outbursts. This season alone, Cousins was suspended without pay for punching O.J. Mayo in the groin and for getting into another verbal altercation with San Antonio Spurs announcer, Sean Elliot. No one questions the talent of DeMarcus Cousins. In fact, he is already one of the best bigs in the NBA, but it’s the permanent scowl on his face, his lack of self-control, and his poor attitude that has not only hurt his team, but his pocket.