The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins two games today for a confrontation with Sean Elliot, the San Antonio Spurs’ color TV commentator.
Cousins was unhappy about Elliot’s remarks after he jawed at Spurs’ center Tim Duncan. Here is a transcript of what Elliot said, live on air:
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. 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.
After the game, Cousins waited for Elliot to finish the postgame show, then confronted him at midcourt. The two reportedly had an “animated” discussion, which ended with Elliot walking away from the Kings’ big man.
Cousins then told the media that Elliot’s comments were “immature”, and he was slapped with a two-game suspension by the league office.
The Kings take on the Lakers tonight at Staples Center, and they will be without Cousins and rookie Thomas Robinson, who was also suspended two games for elbowing Detroit Pistons’ forward Jonas Jerebko in the throat last week.