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‘Daily Show’ skewers Sacramento Kings, Cousins for lunar New Year T-shirt dust-up

“The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah had some fun with the recent controversy involving the collision of a Sacramento Kings T-shirt promotion and racial sensitivities.

In Thursday’s show segment, host Noah played straight man to fake “Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng, who also along the way wryly skewered Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

The bit centered on a decision, in part prompted by Cousins, by the Kings to cancel a Sleep Train Arena give-away of T-shirts emblazoned with the image of monkey to mark the lunar Year of the Monkey. The Monday promotion coincided with the start of February’s Black History Month celebration, acknowledged by NBA players and coaches wearing commemorative shirts.

“We all need a lesson in sensitivity,” Kings president Chris Granger said.

Cousins was one of the first people to raise concern with team officials, prompting the shirts to be pulled.

The episode became ammunition for “The Daily Show.” Chieng in his routine said that Chinese people have no beef with African Americans:

“I know Black History month is really important to you guys, but we started naming years after animals, like, 5,000 years ago,” said Chieng. “It’s a set pattern. Every year is a different animal.”

Cheng also swung freely at Cousins, referencing his reputation for complaining.

“We are really going to listen to DeMarcus Cousins?” asked Cheing. “He’s been a leader in technical fouls for like five seasons in a row, now. The biggest crybaby in the NBA.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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