Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games by the NBA for getting in a heated exchange with San Antonio Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliot after a recent game.
According to Mike Monroe of Spurs Nation, the incident stemmed from Elliot Cousins "talking trash" to Tim Duncan during the fourth quarter. After Duncan responded by blocking Cousins' shot and dropping in a few buckets of his own, Elliot responded by laying into the young Kings star during his broadcast.
"That’s why some humility is in order. You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash," Elliot said on the air, via Spurs Nation. "But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”
Cousins confronted Elliot following the Spurs' 97-86 win. According to CBS Sports, he learned about Elliot's comments. But it didn't end there. Cousins took his anger into the locker room and fired back at Elliot when talking to reporters.
"I got the utmost respect for Tim Duncan. Me trash talking Tim Duncan is not being disrespectful," Cousins said, explaining that he understands that Duncan is a future Hall of Famer. "But for him to go on TV and say the comments that he said. That's immature."
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Without Cousins, the Kings fell to the Lakers on Sunday night 103-90.
More from the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for two games without pay for confronting San Antonio announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner.
The exchange followed the Spurs' 97-86 victory in Sacramento on Friday night. The volatile Cousins will lose about $70,500 of his $3.9 million salary.
Cousins will sit out games at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and at home against Portland on Tuesday.
Elliott was a longtime Spurs player who is the team's primary TV analyst.