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How DeMarcus Cousins honored Stephon Clark in the Warriors’ nationally televised game

Former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins honored Stephon Clark, a Sacramento man who was fatally shot by police last year, during Saturday night’s nationally televised game between the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers.

Cousins, who spent nearly seven seasons in Sacramento and now plays for the Warriors, wore blue and yellow Puma sneakers with “#StephonClark” written across the soles of the shoes.

The game, which aired live on ABC, tipped off hours after Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced there would be no charges filed against two city police officers who fatally shot the 22-year-old Clark on March 18, 2018.

The shooting sparked widespread protests in Sacramento, where demonstrators blocked the doors to Golden 1 Center for two Kings games last year – first against the Atlanta Hawks on March 22 and again when the team hosted the Dallas Mavericks five days later.

For the first game, tipoff was delayed approximately 20 minutes before it was played before a sparse crowd of about 2,000 fans who made it inside the arena before entrances were blocked. About 4,000 fans were able to attend the second protested contest.

In the days after the shooting occurred, Cousins and Matt Barnes, a Sacramento native who also played for the Kings, reached out to Clark’s family, offering to pay for his funeral.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism career at The Bee more than 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.