DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended indefinitely by the Sacramento Kinds for “unprofessional behavior.”
The Kings released a statement this morning, saying:
“Sacramento Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie today announced that the team has suspended center DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”
Sports Illustrated reports that this is the third time that Cousins has been suspended this year. He was suspended earlier this year for getting into an altercation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliot and was suspended earlier this month for hitting O.J. Mayo in the groin.
His most recent suspension comes a day after he got into a verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart.
After the game, Smart said:
“I won’t share that right now, but it’s just a conduct issue … We’re trying to set a standard here, and when guys move below that standard, things are going to take place. We’ll just move on to the next game, and I’ll make some decisions from there.”
Cousins, who is in his third year in the NBA, is the Kings leading scorer. Cousins is averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Kings currently have the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 8-18.
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