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Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  35 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Suspended 2 Games for Confronting TV Analyst Sean Elliot


After Sean Elliot (who is terrible at his job, as anyone with a League Pass subscription would attest) made critical remarks about DeMarcus Cousins, the young Kings center confronted him in what the NBA deemed to be a “hostile” manner. It will cost Cousins two games‘ worth of salary and playing time. Per the Sac Bee: “The NBA suspended the Kings’ center for two games without pay Sunday for ‘confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner’ after Friday’s loss to San Antonio at Sleep Train Arena. The suspension will cost Cousins $94,653. He was already in Los Angeles for Sunday’s game against the Lakers but was not allowed to attend. [...] When Cousins returned to the locker room, he was angry over what he’d been told Elliott said about him. Elliott had said “some humility is in order” in reference to Cousins, who trash-talked with Spurs star Tim Duncan late in the game. Elliott called Cousins’ talking ‘premature.’ ‘Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever,’ Elliott, a former teammate of Duncan’s, said on the broadcast. ‘He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.’ Cousins left the locker room, bypassing team officials to wait for Elliott to finish his broadcast. After returning to the locker room, Cousins said Elliott was “immature” for his comments during the game.”

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  • Mike Mihalo

    I guess he just proved Elliot’s point.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    DeMarcus was wrong obviously, but the bigger issue is these home team announcers who are absolutely horrible to listen to. I have to mute the TV when I watch Chicago Bulls games because of Stacey King especially when D-Rose is playing and I love watching Rose. What I don’t love is Stacey King talking like Rose is the best player to come into the league since Michael Jordan left. These guys must get paid based on how much they fawn over their teams during broadcasts. I remember when people were criticizing Iverson after he talked trash to Jordan and those Bulls during his rookie season. “How dare he say anything to the god of basketball”. This is a similar situation. People should understand that respect is given not by being a coward and backing down from legendary players. It’s given by going at them and letting it be known that you will do whatever it takes to win regardless of who you’re playing against.

  • nate

    and guess who still win Sean Elliot cmon demarcus cousins is immature and been having immature ways since he been in the league everybody get talked about u just gotta back it up and prove ur doubters wrong not let them get to you

  • spit hot fiyah

    probably didn’t start the convo with excuse me sir

  • LeroyShonuff

    Why is he suspended again??? So Sean Elliot is basically allowed to say whatever he wants without Demarcus having a response to it? Pure BS. Players trash talk, all game long. Unless Demarcus laid hands on him, this suspension is uncalled and based solely off of rep. Free Demarcus

  • Fat Lever

    BAMN, you should listen to the Sixer games with Malik Rose. He’s awesome, tells it like it is, and throws in random Chappelle show references(mentioned Negrodamus on air). I love that he’s objective and will criticize the 6ers if need be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I wish their was a video of this exchange

  • Fat Lever

    I get what you’re saying, but to play devil’s advocate here, at that point it was clear that AI was going to be a superstar(barring injury) so he had some merit.

    DMC is, essentially, a bust to this point(considering his status as a top 5 pick). He shows flashes, but not enough to really come at TD like that.

    Not saying it’s right or wrong, but they’re similar in face value only to me. The context was completely different between AI and DMC because of this fact.

  • Slick Ric

    You dudes sensitive….Stacey is not bias. He calls the game fair, so what if a commentator gets excited over a play made by the team who’s paying them.

  • Cdub

    Dude, if you’re in the NBA, you’re going to be criticized..especially from a hometown commentator. He STILL needs to grow up.

  • whooo!

    he was already in the locker room, then came out, against the urging of both teammates and team officials to confront an announcer. it sets a terrible precedence for players to angrily confront other announcers (and you can imagine it wasn’t a friendly conversation). if anything, the Kings should’ve suspended him if the league hadn’t.

  • whooo!

    “You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.” — Coach John Thompson’s compliment(?) for Cousins.

    and you know what the scary thing is? DeMarcus had the time to sit in the locker room, absorb what he heard, hear teammates and officials tell him not to go, then had the time to wait around while the post-game tv session wrapped up…. and he STILL thought this was a good idea to prove he’s “not immature”. this isn’t gut reaction that leads to poor decisions, it’s his entire thinking process that is messed up. hell, he coulda just said something to the media interviews and still come out looking smarter.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Immature? Yes. Out of line? Yes. Should he have thicker skin being a pro athlete? Yes. Suspension? No! A nice fine would have sufficed here. If Steve Blake didn’t get suspended for twice going out of his way to verbally abuse a fan DURING a game, then DMC shouldn’t get one here for confronting another grown man away from the cameras.

  • Comment_System

    This dude is such a blockhead. Although, Elliot is incredibly bad at his job.

  • Comment_System

    This dude is such a blockhead. Although, Elliot is incredibly bad at his job.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange actually likes DeMarcus Cousins’ reaction. In no way am I condoning waiting for Elliott outside the lockerroom, but if I was Smart, I would applaud Cousins’ attitude. He doesn’t back down from anybody. After the Chris Webber and Vlade era, the Kings have had a lot of players who “back down” and lack “swagger.” That’s why Sacramento has been losing and why Paul Westphal is no longer there.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange actually likes DeMarcus Cousins’ reaction. In no way am I condoning waiting for Elliott outside the lockerroom, but if I was Smart, I would applaud Cousins’ attitude. He doesn’t back down from anybody. After the Chris Webber and Vlade era, the Kings have had a lot of players who “back down” and lack “swagger.” That’s why Sacramento has been losing and why Paul Westphal is no longer there.

  • pposse

    if stacy king is so bad at his job, why does he get stints on nbatv? Yah so what he is a bulls fan, he still calls the game fair and holds bulls players accountable or point them out on the broadcast. Thats the whole point. Stacy is the best commentator in the game! You just mad cause you still don’t want to give D Rose his credit. On NBA TV round panel, Barkley even said that the most must watch NBA on tv is when D Rose is playing against another great pg or another great team.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Did he touch him? Did he threaten him? If it was just an argument, then he shouldn’t have been suspended. Players argue with team and league officials all the time. No reason for a suspension

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He’s not biased? Last season, he called Derrick Rose the most dominant player in the league…ever heard of LeBron James who had just basically shut down Rose and the Bulls almost by himself in the ECF a few months before that? He said Chris Paul had no chance against Rose in an early season game in LA. Rose outplayed Chris in that game but is CP3 not more well-rounded as a player and PG than D-Rose is? These announcers who feel that their star or superstar is better than everyone else are clearly biased.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He calls the game fair? How many Bulls games have you listened to that are commentated by Stacey King? Compare him to Hubie Brown or any other ESPN or TNT analyst and tell me who is better and has a better understanding of not just one team but every team and every player. For you to think that he is the best commentator in the game, either you only watch Bulls games or you are jut out of your mind. When have I not given him Rose credit on this site? D-Rose is must watch because of how he plays, not because of Stacey King. Let’s be serious dude.

  • patrick

    Lol a suspension for a non-physical confrontation? it was just words Stu Jackson you idiot..lay-off..and further..how did Cousins even know elliott said this??

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    DeMarcus is a bust? 14 and 9 in his first season…18 and 11 last season…17 and 10 this season. That’s a bust to you? AI was in his rookie season. At that point, he was just a fearless scorer. A lot of people said he was a playground player who was only interested in scoring. DeMarcus is seen as a problem child. AI, who had issues with the law at that point, was also considered a troublemaker. The only difference is AI went on to become a legend and a Hall of Famer. We have yet to see what Cousins does. So it goes deeper than just face value to me.

  • pposse

    he is a LOCAL broadcaster. The broadcast is meant for Chicago Fans! He calls the game fair meaning he will critisize our guys if they need be critisized, but ofcourse he will be biased and be rooting for the Bulls. Hubie is a NATIONAL broadcaster, they can’t by definition be biased as the crowd he is speaking to is national. Stacy King coined the phrase, too big too fast too strong and sold plenty of t shirts out here in the CHI with D Rose’s face on it. The Windy City Assassin, who came up with that one too? Stacy King helps define Chicago Bulls basketball, just cause you can’t stand that doesn’t mean that he sucks at his job. And like I said, if he wasn’t knowledgeable and a good character for NBA basketball, then why would NBA TV ask him to go to Atlanta and sit in as an analyst during the summer? He is easily one of the better if not the best local broadcaster/game commentators out there. *You give Rose credit to being the 7th best player in the league, that’s not the credit he deserves sorry BAMN. Stacy adds to the hype, he is clearly an asset to the Bulls. BTW when ESPN shows highlights, and a Bulls player dunks/posterizes someone Stacy always freezes the picture and signs their name like an autograph, and all the time ESPN takes that snip from the local broadcast to show the world.

  • pposse

    Rose outplays CP in every game they played against each other in..those are facts, no bias. Your bias is towards CP so you look at it differently. You can go by wins, stats, or accolades and D Rose dominates CP. (More wins, MVP, and for argumentative sakes i will say their stats are comparable).

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You’re a Bulls fan. I understand now. Stacey King helps define Bulls basketball? I think Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and now Derrick Rose define Bulls basketball a lot more than he does. You won’t find many people who will say or believe that he is the best commentator. But you’re open to have your own biased opinion. Rose is at best the 6th or 7th best player. LeBron, Durant, Howard, CP3, Wade, Deron Williams, all of them are better players than Rose at this point. That’s not discrediting Rose. Thinking that he is the 6th or 7th best player in the world isn’t disrespectful in any way. In a league full of a lot of talented/skilled players, it is completely foolish for anyone to think that considering a player the 6th or 7th best is somehow disrespectful. Being a fan is one thing but being realistic would do you a lot of good.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    CP3 is capable of controlling a game without scoring more than 20 points. He’s just a more complete player. Nothing else really needs to be said here.

  • Darksaber

    Nearly a hundred thousand deducted from a 3 million dollar salary? That’s gotta sting, Boogie! Pretty sure his immature nature and surly look aren’t getting him any endorsements to supplement his paycheck with.

  • Mariano

    Rather listen to my home team analyst than freaking Reggie Miller

  • pposse

    how bout u tell that to Rose to his face that he is the 7th best baller on the planet and yout tel me if he takes kindly to your opinion. Im not gonna think how you want me to think, I’ve given plenty of reasons over and over here along with other Rose supporters as to why he is better than CP and Derron and for that matter Howard too. For some reason we are supposed to bend to your will or some ish, its not gonna happen. Its great how you cant cede to the fact that Stacy King is just doing his job as a local broadcaster, or you chalk it up to me being a bulls fan and completely forget about how he gets invited to the set in Atlanta from time to time to do NBA gametime…cause how many local broadcasters get that invite?! Ofcourse MJ and Scottie and Rose define bulls basketball, but there is a voice behind that. A true fan would know about Johnny Red Kerr getting powder tossed in his face before every bulls game, Wayne Laravie and Tom Dore on the broadcast, like we help identify Stacy King with the Bulls broadcast. Go on my facebook if you want and check out how many random friends of mine quote his sayings. His job is to cater to the bulls fans, not Lebron or NBA fans, maybe thats why your annoyed by it..and if thats the case then he does his job better than anyone else.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    lol CJ Watson said that Deron Williams is the best PG in basketball right after he signed in Brooklyn and he said that knowing Rose, he wouldn’t have had an issue at all with that. You don’t even know your own superstar player or pay attention to how he talks. He knows he hasn’t really done much yet. He said himself that he can’t say a word because he hasn’t won a championship. Do some research on your own guy. I don’t remember reading any of your reasons for why Rose is better than CP, Deron and Dwight, but if they’re like anything you’ve said today, they’re probably not good reasons at all outside of you just being a Bulls fan. And who gives a rat’s behind about your Facebook or your random friends?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Miller is awful at times with his attempt at catchphrases, but he says a lot of things that make sense.

  • pposse

    haha cj watson is a clown and yes d rose does have an issue with that! Don’t get it twisted slim. Kenny Smith also said two years ago that D Rose was mad cause an opposing PG went out to dinner the night before playing him instead of game planning for him. This was from an actual interview with D Rose. Son, stop it. Do i know my superstar, i know yours better than you two..if i remeber correctly LBJ spent over a minute and half praising D Rose and basically saying how it was between Miami and Chicago on where he was going to play. You try to degrade my friends cause Stacy King is a commentator who has plenty of Chicago people talkin?! Really, your classless, get over yourself. I was just tryin to give u an example of how good a commentator he is. You still haven’t addressed the facts nephew. And how in the hell do you know what Rose would have an issue with what CJ Watson is saying? Are you friends with CJ, are you his lover? Do you read minds? Get outta here wit your nonsense, you a fake a fraud a phony DSL lips son..burn slow (nas ref)

  • AQWORD

    Sean elliot would have kicked his ass anyways.

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