(NEW YORK) — The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DaMarcus Cousins for two games without pay for his hostile confrontation with San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott.
Cousins’ exchange with the former NBA player occurred after the Spurs’ 97-86 win over the Kings on Friday night. Eliott was critical of Cousins’ play during the game, and Cousins confronted Elliott after the game on the court. The two exchanged words and the conversation reportedly got very heated.
As a result, Cousins will lose $70,500. He is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season. Kings’ head coach Keith Smart has talked to Cousins about the incident.
“Any little mark is gonna knock you all the way back down again,” Smart said. “So you’ve got to stay one step ahead and be perfect, with everything that goes on. You’ve got to be the man now and accept what’s happening. And then we’ve got to move on. But understand that everything you do until you are this person that we believe you can become, you have to do things perfect, because when you make mistakes they affect not just you but it affects our entire team.”
The 22-year old Cousins sat out the team’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers and will miss the team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
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