If DeMarcus Cousins' history repeats itself yet again, it's highly likely that he'll never read this. The talented Sacramento Kings center has a habit of tuning people out when the harsh truth is being told, meaning he'll probably see the headline on Twitter and hurl his cell phone as if it's a full-court heave. The next move - per his personal pattern – will be to send word through various channels that there's another media member to put on his ever-growing black list. Yet after the latest alleged incident between he and a fan Friday, one that was brought to light by way of a tweet from a prominent Memphis-based musician during the Kings' 91-90 loss to the Grizzlies, it's safe to say that, well, something must be said. The root of it all goes back to Dec. 27, when Cousins was his All-Star caliber self in an impressive win vs. the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. He had 27 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists – the second time he finished with this triple threat of statistical benchmarks that has only been reached four times this season (Kevin Love and Dwight Howard were the others). For most anyone watching that night, this was the lasting memory, that of a blossoming beast of a big man who at times looks capable of being the best center in the game for the next 10 years. But for the fans in Section 116 of Sleep Train Arena, and even some on the second level in 218 who also saw the all-too-familiar scene unfold, their lasting memory was far less pleasant. At some point midway through the second half, Cousins heard something from a fan whose seat was behind the Kings bench in the lower concourse that he clearly didn't appreciate. It's unclear exactly what was said by the fan, although one account at the time on Twitter indicated that the fan yelled at him to pass the ball. According to eyewitness accounts of two people on hand that night, the 23-year-old franchise centerpiece who was given a four-year, $62 million deal in late September reacted by allegedly grabbing his crotch and shouting a gratuitous expletive that was, to put it mildly, an inappropriate sexual suggestion. The dozens of patrons who heard it had a raw and unforgettable reaction – in synchronized shock, they swayed back in their seats as if a strong gust of wind had torn through the building. It was, in hindsight, a manifestation of the unwelcome surprise that was palpable from half a football-field away.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins still a perplexing player
USA Today | Jan 19