Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  20 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Says His Reputation is Unfair

While admitting that he can be a bonehead on and off the court at times, and saying that he’s working hard to mature, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins claims that he has been unfairly portrayed by fans and media. Most interesting of all, Cousins lays some of the blame on his own team. Per SI: “Sometimes I let some of the small things take over,’ Cousins said. ‘It can be a simple thing, like a call going the wrong way, and it takes me all off. I’ve got a real problem when I know something is wrong or I feel something is wrong, I’m going to speak about it. I get it from my mother. It’s a problem I have. I don’t want to say I want to change it because it helped me get where I am. But at the same time, I have to learn to be quiet.’ Indeed, Cousins NBA rap sheet has catapulted him to the top of the NBA’s bad boy list, linking him to the likes of Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest in the category of talented players whose behavior overshadows their tremendous skill. Cousins is keenly aware of the perception of him. And he hates it. Badly. ‘I’m not going to sit here and say I’m innocent, because I’ve done things,’ Cousins said. ‘But to get the reputation that I’ve got, I don’t think I’ve done enough. I don’t have a criminal record. Some of the guys with the cleanest image in the league have a record. I don’t think I was given a fair chance. I don’t know what I did in college that was so bad to get that reputation. OK, there is footage of me and Coach Cal going at each other. That happens in sports. Coming into the league, everyone said I was going to be fat, I was the next Oliver Miller. I had all these red flags. I just feel I was never given a fair chance coming in.’ Among those that didn’t give him a chance, Cousins said, was his own organization. The Kings tabbed Cousins with the fifth pick in the 2010 draft but, in his mind, have never made an effort to get to know him. ‘They wanted to get to know me but they were scared because of my reputation,’ Cousins said. ‘I felt like it was bad on their part. I’m your player and you don’t take the time to get to know me? You just go by what the rest of the world says?’ And now? ‘No, I’m still not [given a chance],’ Cousins said. ‘It flip flops. When everything is good, [the organization] is good. When things go bad, there is nothing about that good person they remember. I just want that balance. You are either with me or you’re not.’ Cousins scoffs at the notion that he might have anger management issues and says he was offended when the Kings suggested he seek counseling. ‘I took it as an insult,’ Cousins said. ‘That’s another thing, our organization doesn’t even know me. They were looking for an excuse. I don’t believe that is the way to solve issues. I’m an emotional guy. It’s as simple as that.’”

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  • rudy

    I completely support blaming his bad reputation on the Maloofs. Blame everything on the Maloofs, I do. Global warming, car problems, zombie apocalypse… their incompetence is applicable in any and all circumstances that are bad in life.

  • nhm

    this guy just can’t even point a finger at himself, he just blames everyone

  • http://twitter.com/MrRLW Renaissance Man

    One of the poster children of this generation man. He still is looking to pass the blame (“yeah I’m not innocent, but”). Just grow up. These dudes are so used to having everything given to them and the minute things go crazy, they act out in some fashion. Then when they’re questioned, now we have to hear that they’re being treated unfairly. Man, stop it.

  • bike

    He admits he has ‘done stuff’ but rejected anger management counseling. This guy is a perfect example of someone who would benefit from instruction on how to manage his emotions.

  • bill

    First thing he does is throw Momma under the bus to explain his hard head. smh

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Just needs to mature. But it won’t happen in Sacramento. He needs a tough, successful coach. Sacramento is a mess of an organization. A lot of young guys, no veterans like a Kurt Thomas who can teach them how to be professionals on and off the floor.

  • camelbuc22

    Ok if the Kings recommended it why is known to the media. This kids act should of been treated in house from the start. He has major daddy issues like a lot of athletes have. I taught school and had kids like this who were emotionally handicapped. Throw in the AAU which has destroyed the concept of team basketball for a generation of players that didn’t go to college or only go for one year then you have a problem. If this kid thinks he needs to mature then shut the hell up and work. The structure in Sacramento seems to be you can go around the coach to the front office. Well thats like kids going over mom and talking to dad. It won’t work and Smart will be like Westphal a lame duck. Throw the hammer down and quit being a wimp with hiim and throw the hammmer down Kings(future Sonics)

  • camelbuc22

    Professional or a man? Scarey this kid just dropped a seed this year with his EX GF in Alabama. So imagine he is a dad and mentally unstable hooper

  • camelbuc22

    where is his DAD!!!!! Wait I mean father, no I mean Dad.

  • hoodsnake

    So who does he blame at Kentucky for his chummy attitude?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Professionals in the NBA are men. One in the same. I won’t comment on his personal affairs because that’s none of my business. When it comes to basketball though, all he needs is a veteran or two to straighten him out. I also wouldn’t call him mentally unstable given that there are actually people out here who really do have mental issues and it’s not something to play around with. He’s immature, nothing more, nothing less. He needs structure. Sacramento doesn’t have it.

  • roscoe

    so, i guess you were not invited to the holiday party and are upset?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    So, let me get this straight. He blames his mom; he blames media and fans (for giving him a rep despite not having as bad of a record as others), and most of all, he blames the team that drafted him and is supporting him. To scoff at something like counseling and take it as an insult basically proves that he hasn’t learned a single thing and that he still refuses to genuinely accept responsibility for his actions.

    Interviews like this one are why you have the rep that you do, moron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Totally agree. Had he been on a team like the Spurs, he wouldn’t be pulling this stuff.

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  • JL

    If he was on the Spurs that team would win many chips for a few years. It’d be like having a rich man’s Dejuan Blair

  • JL

    It’s funny when he says I want balance, but you are either with me or you’re not! So his sense of balance is when the scales are tipped all the way to his side. Not sure if he tries thinking from all aspects frequently enough, or ever. I hope he keeps up his great play recently though. My fantasy team appreciates it!

  • http://twitter.com/Hoopistani Karan Madhok

    paragraphs please, guys!

  • Fan

    I enjoy watching you more than any NBA player out there

  • Eddi

    Hahahah yes I,like that excuse! Im going to drop out of college, and blame it on the maloofs. Your a genius!