An elated Cousins on his 55-point night and bizarre final minute
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $50,000 by the team Tuesday for his misconduct with certain members of the Sacramento media. He has been involved in numerous on- and off-the-court transgressions throughout his NBA career.
Here’s a look at Cousins’ fines and suspensions since he entered the league in the 2010-11 season:
Feb. 13, 2011
Pulled off team plane and suspended by the Kings for one game following a postgame altercation with teammate Donté Greene.
Jan. 1, 2012
Sent home by coach Paul Westphal before a home game against the New Orleans Hornets after Westphal said Cousins asked to be traded for a second time. “When a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely,” said Westphal, who was fired less than a week later. Cousins’ agent, John Greig, denied the center requested a trade.
Nov. 11, 2012
Suspended two games by the NBA after confronting San Antonio Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott “in a hostile manner” following a game. Elliott criticized Cousins for talking trash about Tim Duncan during their game.
Dec. 12, 2012
Suspended for one game by the NBA for hitting O.J. Mayo of the Milwaukee Bucks in the groin. Mayo later said of Cousins: “That guy has some mental issues, man.”
Dec. 22, 2012
Suspended indefinitely by the Kings for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” During halftime of a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Cousins yelled profanities toward coach Keith Smart, who then told Cousins to stay in the locker room for the second half. The suspension was lifted after one game.
Feb. 27, 2014
Suspended for one game by the NBA for punching Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets in the stomach and fined $20,000 for “verbal abuse” of an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected later in the game.
April 14, 2014
Suspended by the NBA for the final game of the season after receiving his 16th technical foul.
Nov. 11, 2015
Fined by the team after a profane tirade directed toward coach George Karl following a loss to the Spurs. General manager Vlade Divac denied Karl’s request to suspend Cousins for two games.
Nov. 19, 2015
Suspended for one game by the NBA for using his forearm to strike Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks in the head. “I was just trying to get him off me,” Cousins said after the game.
March 10, 2016
Suspended for one game by the team after yelling at Karl during a timeout in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Karl was fired after the season.
March 31, 2016
Suspended for one game by the NBA after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season.
Oct. 31, 2016
Fined $25,000 and assessed a technical foul by the NBA after throwing his mouthpiece and entering the stands at Golden 1 Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dec. 20, 2016
Fined $50,000 by the Kings after his latest run-in with local media.