NBA investigating Demarcus Cousins’ postgame confrontation with broadcaster
While wrapping up the night’s broadcast after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kkings 97-86, Sean Elliot openly criticized DeMarcus Cousins for “trash talking” about the Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, by the end of the fourth quarter.
After scoring two baskets and drawing a shooting foul on Tim Duncan at the five minute mark, DeMarcus Cousins made an emotional-driven rant to his teammates on the bench.
According to Sean Elliot, DeMarcus Cousins said something along the line of, ““I’m going to bust his (expletive).”
Sean Elliot’s comment came in the final four minutes when Tim Duncan punished DeMarcus Cousins by blocking hi at the rim and scoring three baskets.
“That’s why some humility is in order. You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face,” Sean Elliot expressed in his postgame comments. “Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature.”
“I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever,” added Sean Elliot. “He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”
DeMarcus Cousins obviously wasn’t going to get ripped-off and leave without giving Sean Elliot a piece of his mind. The Sacramento Kings player, still dressed in team uniform, waited for Sean Elliot to finish the night’s post game broadcast and hounded him on court at the Sleep Train Arena.
“I was wondering why Cousins was out there in his uniform waiting for them (Sean Elliot and fellow broadcaster Bill Land) to finish his postgame show,” said play-by-play man Bill Schoening, who witnessed the entire incident. “Then I saw them in an animated conversation out on the court.”
“I observed Sean walk away from Cousins and Cousins continue to talk to Sean as he left the scene,” added Bill Schoening, “but I couldn’t hear what was being said.”
The NBA is aware of the confrontation between Sean Elliot and DeMarcus Cousins, and reviewing the incident, according to a league spokesperson.
Later, DeMarcus Cousins said that he was just pumped-up after a successful play in the game and believed Sean Elliot read too much into the situation.
“I mean me and Tim – we’re good,” said DeMarcus Cousins, who has often complimented Tim Duncan in the past. “Like I said, I have the utmost respect (for him). But for the commentator to say the things that he said – that was immature.”