Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported the news of Cousins' brief ban, adding it will be enforced for Friday's contest against the Orlando Magic and that it came as a result of the 25-year-old screaming at head coach George Karl.
Cousins is averaging 27.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest this season, but that hasn't produced enough wins for the Kings, who are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, have dropped seven out of eight and are 25-38 overall.
A news release through the Kings' official website confirmed Cousins' suspension but didn't specify what it was for, as Spears did.
But Chris Mannix of The Vertical seemed to corroborate what Spears reported and added Karl apparently wasn't the only one Cousins vented his frustration to:
DeMarcus Cousins continued to vent at George Karl after the in-game confrontation, per sources. Got into it w/GM Vlade Divac, too.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) March 10, 2016
Sean Cunningham of ABC10 provided some insight into the purported rationale behind Cousins' latest outburst:
From what I've heard, DeMarcus Cousins directed frustration at George Karl for not having his players' backs/coming to their defense— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) March 10, 2016
Cousins has often had a problem with authority in the past, and there were rumors stretching back to this summer that Karl was lobbying to trade the All-Star, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Karl is the fourth different coach Sacramento has cycled through since firing Paul Westphal at the very beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. A lack of continuity and some busted personnel moves have doomed the Kings in recent years.
With temperamental, strong-willed team leaders such as Cousins and dynamic point guard Rajon Rondo, Sacramento is bound to have internal turmoil when the results aren't being produced. The fact Rondo is a free agent this offseason puts Cousins, Karl and the Kings organization in an even tougher spot as they try to formulate a competent plan to turn the franchise around.
Episodes such as this latest one, along with Cousins reportedly cursing out Karl in front of the team back in November, per Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, don't bode well for Sacramento's efforts to stabilize.