DeMarcus Cousins Suspended 1 Game by Kings: Latest Details and Reaction

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 10, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 28:  DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings is consoled by George Karl of the Sacramento Kings after being taken out of the game after he picked up his third foul against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on December 28, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mercurial Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game on Thursday due to conduct detrimental to the team.  

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:

Sean Cunningham of ABC10 provided some insight into the purported rationale behind Cousins' latest outburst:

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.