Sacramento Kings Suspend DeMarcus Cousins After George Karl Spat

Sacramento Kings Suspend DeMarcus Cousins After George Karl Spat
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DeMarcus Cousins, the embattled Sacramento Kings big man, is in a world of trouble, again. The team has suspended Cousins for one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”


On Wednesday, television cameras caught Cousins yelling and heatedly gesturing with his arm at coach George Karl during the team’s 120-11 home defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cousins, who finished the game with 29 points and 11 rebounds, made the gestures while sitting on the bench and during team huddles. They weren’t subtle gestures and could be seen by everyone on the floor.

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Vlade Divac, Sacramento’s vice president of basketball operations and general manager, announced the disciplinary action Thursday. Cousins would sit out Friday’s home game against Orlando Magic. “Obviously we try to do our best to send a message that we can’t tolerate some stuff as an organization. He went a little far, and we have to do things to be on the same page,” Divac said Thursday.

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“I think DeMarcus is doing very well this year. He is playing very hard. This is something where he was emotionally overwhelmed and did something that he shouldn’t do,” added Divac.

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Cousins and Karl have been at odds before. Would this result in Sacramento trading Cousins? Divac has said in the past that the team wants to retain Cousins. “He is a good kid, and I hate doing this (giving him a suspension) I don’t blame him for the emotions he had, but it’s the wrong thing to do,” said Divac.

Karl is currently undergoing a minor procedure for a “cancer on his neck.” He will return to join the team on Friday to address the latest Cousins controversy. Recently, Karl was treated for squamous cell carcinoma on the left side of his neck. The veteran coach has been battling cancer for a long time.

DeMarcus Cousins is signed with the Sacramento Kings until the 2017-18 season.

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