There is no such thing as a throwaway post on social media.
Just ask Clay Travis, who tweeted this about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins on Jan. 30, 2010, when Cousins was a freshman at Kentucky:
“There is a 100% chance that Demarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years. 100%. Write it in stone.”
Friday was the five-year mark of that post, and Cousins was sent a screenshot of Travis’ post.
Cousins, who has not been arrested, posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts “Today’s the day!! Let’s all show him some love!! @ClayTravisBGID” with a picture of the prediction he’d be arrested
That turned Travis, now a blogger for Fox Sports, into a trending topic across the country.
“I take a lot of things personally, especially something like that,” Cousins said. “I hate when guys judge someone from his job and you try to make that his personality as a person. I think that’s completely unfair.”
Travis took the post in stride, even pledging to donate $5,000 to the charity of Cousins’ choice.
Cousins was able to laugh about it, noting before the Kings played the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quickens Loan Arena that the day wasn’t over, so there was still time for Travis to be right.
“Anyway, apologies to Demarcus Cousins and congrats on his all-star selection,” Travis wrote on his college football blog Friday. “Let me know where to send the check.”
What Cousins didn’t expect were the profane messages aimed at Travis. Cousins said professional athletes regularly are subjected to crude, profane comments on social media.
“I kind of think people realize what we go through on a daily basis,” Cousins said. “I didn’t want the guy to receive that type of stuff, but in a way he sees how it is to be in our shoes for a day. It’s nothing personal, no beef or anything, but I believe a lesson was learned.”
Different team – The Cavaliers are a much different team than when the Kings routed them in Sacramento on Jan. 11.
LeBron James has returned from injury, and Cleveland has won nine straight.
Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said the Cavs are a “quality team” and it can take time for a team to jell, even one that added All-Stars James and Kevin Love.
Corbin also was impressed with Kyrie Irving, who scored an NBA season-high 55 points in a win over Portland on Wednesday.
“It’s a special time,” Corbin said when asked about Irving’s performance. “I’ve had 36 a few times (as a player) in a game, and it felt like the ball couldn’t not go in the hole.”
Second All-Star – Cousins is not the only member of the Kings who will be with the Western Conference All-Stars next month in New York.
Pete Youngman will be the West’s trainer.