A run-in with a local Sacramento beat reporter is going to cause DeMarcus Cousins’ wallet to be considerably lighter this week.
The Sacramento Kings have hit Cousins with a “substantial fine” after an altercation with Andy Furillo, a sportswriter for the Sacramento Bee.
“The Kings have a clear set of standards of conduct expected of our entire organization. As a result of negative interactions with certain members of the media that were not corrected after verbal warnings, we have decided to impose a substantial fine. If this behavior is repeated again, we will be forced to consider further discipline,” said the team in a statement, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
The incident occurred earlier this month when Cousins verbally attacked Furillo for mentioning the previous criminal charges of the All-Star’s younger brother in a piece about Cousins’ alleged nightclub assault in New York City.
“We’re going to have some real f—ing issues,” he told Furillo. “Don’t ever mention my brother again. You don’t know my f—ing brother. F—ing coward. You say whatever the f— you wanna say about me, but don’t mention my motherf—ing family.”
The exact amount of the fine wasn’t disclosed, but it seems that Cousins will avoid a team (or league) mandated suspension for his outburst. With his four-year, $65.6 million contract, we suspect the fine won’t trouble the controversial Kings big man too much.