Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm  |  24 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25k for Criticizing Refs

DeMarcus Cousins is now $25,000 poorer, due to comments he made after last night‘s Clippers/Kings game: “Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of NBA officiating, it was announced Friday by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Cousins was fined for comments made to the media after the Kings’ 93-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last night at Power Balance Pavilion.”

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-ray

    C’mon Big Cuz you know you can’t speak against the NBA’s ginger child.

  • Youngindy21

    Wow. He only said what everybody else was thinking. And by fining him it makes NBA refs look worse because it makes the NBA look like they are covering up something. NBA refs have been horrible for a while now. Most players/coaches are afraid to say anything for fear of getting fined by dictator Stern. If they want NBA players to stop complaining then they need to make NBA refereeing more consistent and stop giving out star treatment. Plus those refs get paid too much money to be making as many mistakes as they do.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    He had to know that his pockets were gonna be a little lighter

  • Mariano

    How much has this guy been fined this season? Lol

  • Noel

    Free DMC

  • shutup

    Wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to feel the wrath of stern for speaking out about the refs.

  • Marilyn Kenyon

    I don’t know how many other fans are as outraged as I am over fining coaches and players when they speak out against the NBA. Using threat and intimidation for control is something used by dictatorships and mobs. This country values the freedom of speech, even if that speech is critical of the country itself. Countries that don’t have this right are considered dictatorships, where people live in fear of speaking out.

    The NBA players are speaking up with their pocket books. They are literally putting their money where there mouth is to the tune of $25,000 each time. I hope other fans will speak out against the NBA for their actions. I want to watch games that are called fairly. Sure, referees make mistakes. But, too often, it still seems too many outcomes are controlled by the refs. I want to watch a game where the outcome is determined by the play on the court.

  • @Deknowz

    And worth every penny I bet.

  • dma

    @marilyn while i do agree that the nba is babying griffin, and hiding their refs’ incompetence, most companies FIRE their employees when they badmouth their employers to the public.

  • RyanT1992

    NBA – “Gimme some of yo pocket change”

  • http://t.qkme.me/3ok3ya.jpg Caboose

    Dma: You know that’s illegal right?

  • thetalkingcomb

    So, when’s Rasheed Wallace handing over his crown(headband) to him already? Needs more techs though.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ^lol i was seriously just about to call this guy the new Rasheed. not as bad, but this new gen’s Sheed. I love em both!

  • MikeC.

    @Caboose – depends on policy and employment agreement. The company I d work for has non-disclosure contracts and the language is pretty clear. If I speak about company policy and procedures, good or bad, I’m done.

  • 23

    honestly who wants to have an employee who doesnt even respect the company? as bad as the refs are, this kid knows the rules. he just gets frustrated easily and doesnt always think before he speaks. altho i do agree about the refs being very bad in some games. it must be very frustrating especially to a struggling team like sac.

  • bike

    Yo mikec, how you feel about your job? How much of a douche is your boss?
    Big cuz is that dude. Love his game. He will get even better, siiiiiick

  • Ldub

    There has gotta be a better way to get your point across to the L and the officials. I cant say its a maturity issue because there have been cats like Kobe, Pierce, Shaq, G-Pop, Zen Master etc that have all received fines for speaking their mind. You get frustrated when calls arent made in your favor. You feel cheated I agree. But the calls will not be reversed once they are made. (unless its flagrants and techs reviewed by the L later). Point is the league needs to have some sort of policy that allows the players to vent without it dipping into their pockets. Imagine if you make $25k approx every 5-6 games. Thats huge, even if you are bringing in millions. System is jacked.

  • abaci

    Doesn’t the NBA give the fine money to charity?

  • Ldub

    thats what they want you to think

  • Marcos

    I’ve said it before when Griffin pushed Darius Morris mid-air. The guy is always getting hit very hard by the veterans, and even in College he had a couple run-ins like that. Veterans only hit like that when the guys lacks character. He’s a dirty player, a coward. Remember him hitting Andre Miller? When the video clearly showed him pushing Miller twice in different plays, Miller got suspended for retaliating, and nothing happened to Blake. Both dunks on Gasol were offensive fouls, and didn’t get called because they help sell tickets. It’s ridiculous. I hope he gets badly hurt one of these days. And, again, I know SLAM won’t publish my comment because you too are suck ups to Blake.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    ^^you know it’s bad when you cursed a player to get hurt right?? Dirty?? Coward?? You’re a coward fool!

  • Marcos
  • Marcos


    Another one, and there are plenty… the guy is an a-hole.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Way I see it Blake thought “If end up in photographers row you coming with me, since you the cause of all this tumbling”. And rightfully so.