Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins: A way with wordsLoading
  • Kings Warriors Basketball
    Nov. 13, 2010

    DeMarcus Cousins has never denied being an emotional player. He didn't deny being fined either, but disputed it was a $5,000 fine for a run-in with training staff, as reported by AOL. He also said he has no issues with any players or coaches with the Kings.

    "I have no issues with nobody on this team, no coach on this team. ... I have my rookie frustrations. It's a hard process to go through. You do get frustrated, but that's everyone, even the vets."
    DINO VOURNAS | Associated Press
    Dec. 1, 2010

    The rookie lashed back and smart-mouthed his coach, which got him thrown out of practice. He said later he reacted out of frustration.

    "It was a good lesson for me, I'm mad and I'm frustrated about losing, and in my opinion, I think different strategies should be in the game. ... But I was being selfish. I'm a big part of this team, and coach (Paul) Westphal has been saying it. I've been terrible. It's the truth."
  • Kings Nuggets
    Feb. 5, 2011

    The Kings announced they would "impose an appropriate fine" on Cousins for his role in a postgame altercation with teammate Donte Greene.

    "I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings' organization and Kings fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates," Cousins said in a statement. "I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA."
    Andy Alfaro |
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    Nov. 22, 2012, on Twitter: @boogiecousins

    "I Made some changes in my life, dnt regret none of them, so if u ain't heard from me u probably one of them"
  • 2S27CUZ
    Nov. 27, 2012

    Cousins, who was called for his second technical foul and ejected in the third quarter of the Kings' win over Utah, said Monday he said nothing inappropriate and it was referee Gary Zielinski who was out of line.

    "The referee cursed at me. ... He told me to go (expletive) ask the other referee (about the first technical foul). I was going to say something back, kept my cool and walked away and still end up with a technical. So I still don't understand."
    RICH PEDRONCELLI | Associated Press
    Dec. 22, 2012

    Cousins was ordered to remain in the locker room after a halftime verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart on Friday night at Staples Center while facing the Clippers. Smart and Cousins got into it verbally at the end of the first quarter.

    "What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room but I was wrong. ... Don't talk back. That's the thing. I shouldn't have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet. ... I messed up. I'm apologizing to all my teammates for it, for responding the way I did, and we'll move on from it. ... I grow from all of my mistakes."
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