DeMarcus Cousins: Blake Griffin is ‘Babied’ By the NBA, and Refs

Despite the amazing feats he pulls off on the basketball court, people are growing increasingly tired of Blake Griffin’s actions. Last night, a frustrated DeMarcus Cousins said the NBA babies the high-flyer, which allows him to get away with all kinds of shennanigans. From SI: “The Kings’ center had seen the replays from Wednesday’s Clippers-Lakers game like everyone else, how the high-flying Griffin planted his elbow in the face of Pau Gasol during one of his trademark spectacular dunks. Opinions had varied about whether Griffin should have been called for an offensive foul, including Kobe Bryant’s assessment that the play was above reproach. But Cousins didn’t see it that way. He viewed the no-call as a continuation of the preferential treatment that Griffin has received from the NBA during his two seasons. ‘He’s babied,’ Cousins said. ‘He’s the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he’s babied. Bottom line.’ Babied by whom, Cousins was asked. ‘The refs, the league — period,’ he continued. ‘He gets away with [everything]. He taunts players. Nothing is done. He’s babied.’ […] He could be seen jawing with Griffin from the team’s bench before heading toward the locker room, then pointing toward the tunnel as if to invite him to the worst kind of postgame party. Cousins laughed and smiled when asked what he had said, but then declined to comment on the matter. Griffin, however, confirmed that Cousins had wanted their tussle to continue after the game. ‘Yeah, but we don’t want to go there,’ said Griffin. ‘We really don’t want to go there. That’s something that will hopefully go away as time goes on for him. When guys get frustrated, that’s what happens. Like I said, I’m not trying to get into a back and forth, a verbal back and forth. Whatever happened out there happened, and I’m moving on.’ […] The camera angle didn’t show whether Cousins made contact with Griffin’s face, but Smart was incensed on the sideline and Cousins was quick to accuse Griffin of selling his reaction to get the call. ‘Of course that’s what Blake is going to say because he’s in L.A., where actors belong,’ Cousins said. ‘He’s an actor.’ Cousins was then asked about the foul. ‘I guess the wind from my hand hit him in the eye,’ he said sarcastically. ‘I guess he got fouled by the wind. I’m not sure.'”