Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins Suspended After Altercation with Sean Elliott

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

November 05, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) calls for fans support with power forward Chuck Hayes (42) against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 94-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

DeMarcus Cousins has made a reputation for himself as an immature diva in the NBA, and he's at it again.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 8:16 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the Kings' appeal of Cousins' two-game suspension was denied:

The NBA has denied an appeal request that would have allowed Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to play in tonight's game against Portland, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.


---End of Update---


According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, Cousins has been suspended for two games following an incident with San Antonio Spurs commentator and former player Sean Elliott:

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for two games for "confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliot in a hostile manner" on Friday

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) November 11, 2012

The altercation stemmed from remarks that Elliott made on a broadcast regarding some trash-talking done by Cousins in the direction of Tim Duncan.

Spurs Nation's Mike Monroe has Elliott's exact words:

That's why some humility is in order. You think you're dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn't like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he's going to respond. All that trash-talking was premature. I'm not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don't start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He's going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.

According to CBS Sports' Zach Harper, Cousins "basically called the Spurs broadcaster immature and later went to the court to confront him about said comments."

It doesn't matter who you are; confronting a respected NBA veteran following the game isn't going to look good in the public's eye or in the league's. With Cousins being Cousins, it's going to look even worse.

Cousins just doesn't appear to get it sometimes, and it's sad. He's one of the most gifted big men in the game today, but he consistently causes people to wonder how much he actually thinks about things before he does them.

From a playing perspective, losing Cousins is a huge blow for the Kings. They're already 2-4 on the season, and he's averaging 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He is their only chance at scoring down low, even if he does tend to hoist up ill-advised shots more than half of the time.

At some point, Cousins may have to make a choice. He's going to have to grow up or get out, because sooner or later, you would think he will wear out his welcome. His performance on the court makes him difficult to part with, but no franchise wants to deal with a constant headache.

Missing two games at this point in the season isn't a huge deal, but it is when you consider who this happened to.

Elliott probably could have avoided making his comments, but Cousins must know better than to confront him in public like he did. If he can't handle criticism, living the life of a professional athlete is going to be difficult.