DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25,000 for Inappropriate Language to Fan vs. Grizzlies

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2017

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 18:  DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2017-18 regular season game on October 18, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for "inappropriate language" he directed toward a fan during the team's 103-91 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the FedExForum.            

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN passed along the news Saturday. James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area noted the punishment is in response to an incident from late in the fourth quarter when Cousins received a technical foul, which the NBA has now rescinded.

After the contest, Cousins alleged the fan's actions caused him to react, saying, "She dropped a couple 'F' bombs and flipped me off, and I don't think that was right," per Rod Walker of The Advocate.

He continued:

"That's pretty bogus. He (the referee) sat there and heard her speaking to me in a nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man and I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I feel like he (the referee) should have handled it, but he decided not to but he handled my end of it."

He also said he planned to speak with the league office about fan conduct toward players.

Meanwhile, Devin Walker of 929ESPN in Memphis provided a look at the card given to the fan involved:

Incident aside, Cousins is off to a strong start to the 2017-18 campaign. He's averaging 31.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks for the 0-2 Pelicans.

New Orleans returns to action Sunday night when it travels to Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

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