On Tuesday, we reported that Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins was called out by O.J. Mayo of the Mavericks after Cousins hit Mayo in the groin when the two were jostling for position.
The Dallas Morning News described it as a “back-hand, closed-fist punch to Mayo’s groin” late in the second quarter of yesterday’s contest between the Kings and Mavericks in Dallas, as you can see below
Mayo vented after the game that Cousins had “mental issues,” while Cousins maintained that it was unintentional.
On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA suspended Cousins one game for the incident, meaning that he will not suit up in this evening’s game in Milwaukee.
This will only worsen the negative reputation that the young center has around the league. Cousins received complaints from his teammates during his time at Team USA Select, and was also suspended previously this season for two games when he confronted Spurs’ commentator Sean Elliot.