Cousins fined but not suspended- on his way to OKC.
The Sacramento Kings have assessed the events of Saturday night’s post game scuffle between DeMarcus Cousins and Donté Greene and resolved the issue by fining Cousins, but not suspending either player. Cousins has already been put on a plane for Oklahoma and will be available to play in tomorrow evening’s contest against the Thunder. Here is the official press release from the Kings through President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie:
“There is no place in the NBA for violence, either on or off the court,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie. “Upon investigating the events of Saturday night, we feel it is necessary to impose an appropriate fine related to DeMarcus’ behavior. We will now move forward together. We do not intend to give up on DeMarcus’ talent or potential. We look forward to watching his continued improvement and development, which has been significant since the beginning of the season.”
Cousins added this apology as well:
“I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings organization and Kings fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates, I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA.”
AOL FanHouse’s Sam Amick has been on top of this story since the beginning and today, he posted this video of the press conference of Geoff Petrie addressing the situation.
The video is worth watching, as a lot of individual topics are touched on, most notably that Donté Greene will not be disciplined for his part in the incident.
After a big win in Phoenix last night, the Kings look to make it two in a row overall and four in a row on the road tomorrow as they take on the Thunder for the second time in four days. DeMarcus Cousins should be a go, but it is unknown if he will be in the starting line-up or if this set-back will be handled in the same fashion as the “choke sign” game against the Warriors on December 21st when he lost his starting job for three games.