Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm  |  59 responses

DeMarcus Cousins on Chris Paul: ‘I Don’t Respect A Cheater’


It’s no secret that Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins isn’t Chris Paul’s biggest fan. Earlier this season, after the Kings lost a nail-biter to the Clippers, Cousins wouldn’t let Isaiah Thomas shake hands with the Los Angeles point guard. Now we have some more insight into that incident and the general mindset of the Sacramento big man, thanks to this profile by Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams:

Cousins maintains a rivalry with the Clippers, and Paul in particular. “It’s just, some players I don’t respect,” Cousins said. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don’t respect it. I feel like it’s basically cheating and I don’t respect a cheater. If that’s your tactic to winning, I don’t respect you.”

In November, he memorably yanked Isaiah Thomas away as he attempted to shake Paul’s hand after a close loss. “It was [him being competitive],” Thomas said. “At the same time, I told him, ‘Everyone looks at everything that you do. So they may take it a different way than what you were trying to do. You’re mad we lost. You don’t want to shake hands with them, but you didn’t have to pull me away to make it something that it wasn’t. You made everyone say, “Oh, he’s a bad guy because he doesn’t want to shake hands.”’ Everybody doesn’t shake hands after games anyways. But they single him out because of how he did it.”


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  • tnrc75

    DeMarcus Cousins – the player sportswriters adore.

  • CraigB

    Cousins just mad cause they be taking loses to the Clips, he would love CP if he was on his team.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Any background info on this? JA is a brilliant writer by the way, highly recommend reading all of his articles.

  • pposse

    lmao Boogie the best C in the game right now! cpeewee is a cheat!!

  • Cortez Mack

    I love Cousins for saying this out loud and direct.

    No half baked subliminals.

  • Doug

    There is something very slimy about Chris Paul…I don’t know what Cousins was referring to but I’m sure it’s accurate, CP3 seems like a cheater to me.

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

    It all sounds a little silly, no? It’s like Goliath calling David a cheater for using a slingshot?

  • RedDragon10

    It’s cause he’s a flopper

  • Guest

    If he’s such a brilliant writer then why didn’t he tell us what the hell Cousins was talking about

  • AndyK415

    I’ve also never been to a game where someone whined so much to the officials the entire time about absolutely everything than Chris Paul.

  • Guest

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet
  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It wasnt so much the slingshot that was the cheating…. it was God that heavily scaled things Davids way…. plus Goliath was LITERALLY over 11 feet tall…. he’d probably be a top 5 pick even with the bad motor and the attitude….

  • chyea

    Paul isn’t even the worst. I can’t help but turn off the TV every single time I see James Harden play.

  • Killahsham

    CP has always had a somewhat dirty side. I remember when he punched Julius Hodge in the nuts in college. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F3tptzEWmM

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I’m surprised no one has called Demarcus Cousins a “THUG” yet for these comments since that is the cliche word to call any loud outspoken BLACK ATHLETE NOWADAYS

  • Nathan Shane Long


  • Conor

    I’m surprised it’s taken ten minutes for someone to call you a “complete imbecile”.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I guess “ONLY REAL N*GGAS” follow college basketball/have access to YouTube?

  • robb

    Let me guess. You love Richard Sherman don’t you?

  • robb

    that’s because everybody here knows that by now

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Why not? he is the best defensive player in the NFL

  • Rnz

    Kinda see where Cousins is coming from, because with CP3 skills, he doesnt need to do all those flopping.

  • Killahsham

    Word? Maybe substitute “hoop heads/fans” for “real n****s” and I can rock with you bro.

  • robb

    and a “real n*gga” right?

  • Nathan Shane Long


  • robb

    OK, got it.

  • Killahsham

    Richard Sherman is dope! (and that’s coming from a niners fan).

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Although I didn’t agree with your comment above, I see where you’re coming from with regards to Sherman. I think his post-game interview was silly and a little selfish, but “thug” implies a criminal, hooligan, villain, which he is not.

    On the field he is the best corner in the game and off the field his teammates/coaches describe him as intelligent, hard working, and soft spoken. In no way am i saying Sherman handled himself perfectly, but to call him a “thug” is pretty ignorant imo.

  • robb

    I only like Sherman when he’s being punched in the face honestly. He’s a great CB though.

  • JJ Jones

    As immature as Demarcus is least he isn’t soft like some of these other players he speaks his mind.Hes done a lot of dumb sh*t but I can’t say that I disagree here. Chris Paul’s flopping is at a all time great level and this is the guy that was against hgh testing before the season started why? My guess is that he has friends in the league that he’s trying to protect but its just a guess. I can respect someone who says what they feel not this politically correct bs athletes are not robots.

  • JJ Jones

    And this guy is the future premier shooting guard of the league if only kobe and wade were healthy right now.

  • fruizm

    You wouldn’t know “dope” even if you saw it, punk!

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

    and the apostle Isaiah said “thou shalt not challenge thy future king for nothing good will come of this”.

  • The Philosopher


  • brothasdontsurf

    Take those annoying words to Worldstar bruh

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Get your troll ass back on worldstar cuz

  • havoc33

    That should be a 10 game suspension right there. Can’t help think it’s karma the way he went out with the injury. What a faker.

  • ratguts

    I take it you don’t know what troll means..

  • Shadow

    Let’s not forget the biggest flopper in the game
    LeBron James take a bow

  • ratguts

    Speaking as a native Alabamian, I’m glad Boog is speaking is mind.


    i love big cuz


    Absolutely it bothers me,” Cousins said. “It’s not that they’re getting anything wrong. It’s that they’re putting out what they want to put out. They’re building you up to be what they want you to be. Some of these guys that they got — the clean-cut, the good guys of the league — they’re complete assholes. Assholes. But you’ll never know that because of the way they portray them, they’re just the perfect role model.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Can’t wait to see them play again!
    My prediction is that D.Cousins will set a bone-rattling pick on CP3, who will of course overreact toward it and get them both T’s. Enter Charmin Griffin, who will give his patented lost look to Demarcus for 10 seconds while being held back by Deandre Jordan. All while everyone gets excited for nothing.

  • JJ Jones

    No james harden

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon


  • TBRK

    looked painful

  • Anthony

    This incident is why I dislike Chris Paul to this day. Punched my man Jules in the Jewles….Hodge was killing’em too! #GoPack #NCSU #WOLFBLOOD

  • Danielsan

    Don’t forget that he is an educated guy and a fairly decent writer. The interview was stupid, but no doubt thug is indeed a word certain people use to substitute that uglier slur.

    I guess what p!sses me of about this Nathan Shane Long Way To Go Before I Can Be Considered Anything But a Moron, is that he goes right ahead and start calling Sherman and any other black guy the same thing the “thug” bigots want to. In his tiny, underdeveloped brain he actually thinks it’s okay.

  • Nathan Shane Long


  • Busta213


  • Busta213

    Interesting point on the HGH. Its certainly plausible that he knows someone – but also bear in mind that unions will usually try to bargain for a concession from management before they give in to management requests.

  • JJ Jones

    No maybe wade though

  • JJ Jones

    I feel ya.

  • AlbertBarr

    DeMarcus is a genuine person at the very least. I am also glad he is on the Kings cause he is a beast.

  • Iain Tweedy


  • Killahsham

    LOL, Punk? That’s fresh coming from the cornball typing random insults on the internets.

  • Evan Boland

    Yeah, truly pathetic.