DeMarcus Cousins Suspended and Fined $20K for Punching Patrick Beverley and Verbally Abusing Ref

by February 27, 2014

The NBA came down hard on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for his recent outburst. It was announced Thursday that Cousins is suspended for one game, and docked $20,000 for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and verbally abusing an official. From the press release:

Cousins has been suspended for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter of the Kings’ 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Feb. 25, at Sleep Train Arena.

In addition, Cousins has been fined for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter of the same game.

Cousins will serve his suspension on Friday, Feb. 28, when the Kings visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.