Angry after a cheap shot to the groin, OJ Mayo called out DeMarcus Cousins through the media. To the surprise of precisely no one, Cousins lobbed shots back at Mayo when asked about the criticism. Per the Sac Bee: “Mayo was upset that Cousins caught him with a shot to the groin area in the second quarter of the Kings’ loss. Cousins said after the game and reiterated after practice Tuesday that he didn’t do it on purpose. ‘In slow motion, it looks like I did it on purpose,’ Cousins said. ‘But you look in real speed, you see what happened. Of course it’s gonna get thrown out there that I did it on purpose.’ Cousins said he swung backward to knock Mayo’s hand away. Perhaps Mayo never heard Cousins’ explanation, but that didn’t stop Mayo from saying Cousins is a ‘garbage player’ when he resorts to such tactics. ‘I heard,’ Cousins said. ‘This coming from a guy that doesn’t have a great image himself. So what does his really mean? I’m fine with it.’ Mayo had problems with the NCAA in his one season at USC, which later determined he was ineligible for receiving improper benefits. In January 2011, Mayo was involved in a fight on Memphis’ team plane with teammate Tony Allen over a gambling debt. Later that month, Mayo was suspended for 10 games after testing positive for a steroid. After Monday’s game, Mayo said Cousins could be a franchise player, ‘but I don’t think he wants it.’ … ‘Is he a franchise player?’ Cousins said. ‘So how is he going to tell me what I am?’”