O.J. Mayo Fires Back at Cousins After Cheap Shot: 'That Guy Has Mental Issues'

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

O.J. Mayo may not be the first one to question DeMarcus Cousins' maturity, but he may now be the best qualified to comment on it.

During the Dallas Mavericks' 119-96 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, Mayo and Cousins were given double technical fouls for their part in a second-quarter confrontation.

Mayo was upset after taking a hit to the groin from Cousins on the previous possession, which Cousins later claimed was not intentional.

Given Cousins' tumultuous history, Mayo has to get the benefit of the doubt.

Mayo's postgame comments surrounding Cousins sang a familiar tune about the former Kentucky star. Said Mayo, according to ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon:

That guy has some mental issues, man. He's a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don't think he wants it...He's immature, man. Big maturity problem.

Cousins entered the NBA with lengthy character concerns, which probably contributed to Sacramento's hiring of assistant coach Otis Hughley (Cousins' former high school coach).

Cousins generated the wrong kind of discussions with his play during the USA Select team's scrimmages with Team USA prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Cousins needed to mature "as a person [and] as a player" after witnessing his performances during the scrimmages (via SportingNews.com).

He's already served a two-game suspension this season for a postgame confrontation with San Antonio Spurs television analyst Sean Elliot. He was also ejected in the Kings' win over the Jazz late last month, which he later blamed on referee Gary Zielinski.

Cousins entered Monday's contest with five technical fouls this season, tied for third most in the NBA.