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

by February 27, 2014
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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.