DeMarcus Cousins had yet another run in with a broadcaster, this time aiming some choice words and an expletive at Sacramento Kings commentator and local radio host Grant Napear.
The brief confrontation happened after a decisive Kings win over the visiting L.A. Clippers and was captured by the broadcast feed, which was actually on the air at the time Cousins approached Napear at his sideline seat.
You can watch CSN's video of the incident here.
Napear is often critical of Cousins' maturity and questionable decisions on his Sacramento radio show, so apparently, the Kings big man decided to prove Napear's point by confronting him after one of Sacramento's best performances of the year.
Based on Cousins' reaction in the locker room when asked about the incident, he clearly didn't believe there was any reason for the media to get all up in arms about what he said to Napear.
And to Napear's credit, he also tried to downplay what happened via his Twitter account.
Grant Napear @GrantNapearshow
For those of you asking ..DMC said hey Grant you'll have something good to talk about on your show tomorrow! I said thanks for listening3/20/2013, 4:58:10 AM
It was a classy move by Napear, who certainly didn't have to defend Cousins' crass interruption of the veteran commentator's postgame wrap. Notably, it also neglected to mention the expletive Cousins dropped as he jogged away.
The whole incident comes off as a little bit childish and probably wouldn't amount to a big story—if not for Cousins' history with this sort of thing. After all, just last November, he spouted off to San Antonio Spurs commentator Sean Elliott after hearing that the former player had been critical of Cousins' jawing with Tim Duncan.
That conversation earned Cousins a two-game suspension, but because Elliott has something of a reputation around the league as an almost comically biased homer, nobody really sided with the Spurs' color commentator.
This latest postgame chat was different, though.
Napear is just as ardent a defender of his home team as Elliott is, but Cousins plays for that team. When he's being critical of Cousins' immaturity and failure to develop, Napear's words come from a desire to see the team—and Cousins himself—do well.
In short, DMC gave everyone watching a perfect example of exactly the kind of behavior toward which Napear has been critical.
Contrary to Cousins' stated wishes, Napear probably won't have much to criticize about the Sacramento center's recent performance. Of course, that'll be because Cousins' actions have already spoken volumes.
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