Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $20,000 and suspended for one game without pay for two separate incidents in Tuesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets.
According to the NBA, Cousins earned a suspension for punching Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game and fined for verbally abusing an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after he was ejected in the third period of the same game.
Cousins will sit out Friday’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
This is the third time the NBA has suspended Cousins. The previous incidents included:
- November 2012: Suspended two games for a confrontation with San Antonio broadcaster Sean Elliott after a game.
- December 2012: Suspended one game for striking O.J. Mayo of the Mavericks in the groin area.
Cousins has been a much improved player on the court this season, but one who is still prone to emotional outbursts, something that has held back his development and could have cost him support when Western Conference coaches selected the reserves for the All-Star Game earlier this month.