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Kings slap DeMarcus Cousins with 'substantial fine' for spat with reporter

Kings slap DeMarcus Cousins with 'substantial fine' for spat with reporter

On Dec. 9, Sacramento Bee columnist Andy Furillo, who has routinely been critical of Cousins, wrote a column about the lawsuit that Cousins and teammate Matt Barnes are facing for their alleged involvement in a night club brawl. Cousins was filmed berating a Sacramento Bee reporter for mentioning his brother in an article about a nightclub fight in which the two were involved.

It was the mention of his brother in Furillo's column that apparently drew the ire of Cousins last week. According to the news site, Cousins yelled at Furillo after the latter published a report about the athlete assaulting a couple at a nightclub in NY. If Cousins had an issue with Furillo's (highly critical) piece, there must have been a better way of dealing with it than profanity and intimidation. "Don't ever mention my brother again".

Now Cousins' head coach, Dave Joerger, has jumped into the fray to stand up for his star player.

"We are committed to being open and transparent, and any hint of media censorship is unacceptable", the Kings said. "There is an ongoing review into this matter, and we will take the appropriate steps immediately upon its conclusion". According to the Bee, Cousins refused to speak to reporters while Furillo was in the room.

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"He is a bully, to be sure", Bee columnist Ailene Voisin said.

Cousins has had his share of issues in the National Basketball Association. Most importantly, from a fantasy perspective, there was no game suspension from the Kings.

There was another incident in November 2015. He was suspended one game by the Kings last season for "conduct detrimental to the team" after a tirade directed at then-Coach George Karl.


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