DeMarcus Cousins was ejected at halftime of the Sacramento Kings’ 98-91 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday for reportedly cursing at a referee. The ejection did not come while the actual game was in play, but at halftime. Halftime. You can’t make this stuff up.
Cousins was called for a technical foul with 2:23 left in the half. He tried approaching a referee as soon as the second quarter ended to find out why he got the tech, but things did not go well.
Here’s Cousins’ explanation of what happened, via Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:
- DeMarcus Cousins
Joakim Noah was forced to leave the Chicago Bulls’ bench on Monday and told to change his clothes because his wardrobe was not up to league code, ESPN Chicago reports.
Noah has been out the past three games because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but he still wanted to sit on the team’s bench to support his teammates during their 111-101 loss at Indiana. The All-Star center was wearing a V-neck shirt, sweater, jacket, and jeans before being asked to change. Noah left the court during the second quarter. When he returned for the second half, he was wearing a striped collared shirt under a blue blazer.
Noah told ESPN’s Nick Friedell after the game that the outfit wasn’t his style.
“That’s not really my style,” he said. “But I want to be out there with my guys.”
You can’t say that he doesn’t sacrifice for the team.
You know, if Noah had just shown up to the game dressed like this, there wouldn’t have even been a problem.
Photo via @beyondthebuzzer
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Alex Rodriguez is having trouble understanding the recent report linking him to PED usage, and he thinks the New York Yankees or Major League Baseball are out to get him, the New York Daily News reports.
According to The News, Rodriguez is denying ties to Anthony Bosch and telling friends that the documents listed by the Miami New Times are forged. He also supposedly believes people are out to get him.
Sources say the embattled Yankee star is “scared” that bigger forces are at work to try to discredit him and sink his career. Holed up in Miami, Rodriguez has been huddling with an army of lawyers and PR people as the performance-enhancing drug scandal enveloping him intensifies.
“He’s scared, because he thinks this is so unbelievably false, and he’s wondering who could be behind this,” said a source, referring to last week’s Miami New Times report linking A-Rod to an alleged Miami-area performance-enhancing drug scandal. “He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think.”
The source added that Rodriguez is wondering if the Yankees or even Major League Baseball are behind the latest controversy.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is a report from The News based on a source whose credibility is unverifiable. Still, beyond denying the report in a statement issued through his people, Rodriguez has not given an interview or spoken to the media about the latest allegations he is facing. The best way for him to end the speculation is to talk. Unfortunately, given his history of using steroids — and lying about it — he has given the public very few reasons to believe him.
The New Times’ report was based on interviews with customers and former employees of Biogenics — Anthony Bosch’s former company. Not only do they have the words of several people supporting them, but they also have documents backing it up. That seems to be a lot of evidence, and the fact that three of Bosch’s alleged clients tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone last season makes their report look more accurate.
MLB investigators reportedly have met with the New Times’ reporters.
The News also reports that the Yankees could attempt to force Rodriguez to retire or reach an injury settlement with him. A-Rod is owed $114 million over the next five seasons and reportedly has no plans to retire.
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Young was cut by the Detroit Lions on Monday — the first day teams could make roster moves. A second-round pick by the team in 2011, Young has been problematic since training camp last season. A big part of his issue is that he reportedly believes he is better than former teammate Calvin Johnson.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Young told his high school coach during a meeting over Christmas that he believes he is better than Megatron.
“He did tell me he thought he was just as good Megatron,” E.C. Robinson, Young’s high school coach, told Birkett last month. “I said, ‘Titus, come on.’ I said, ‘Come on, man. Who you talking to?’ I said, ‘Come on, you’re as good as that guy? This guy is the real deal.’ And he really believes this. And he was sincere about it. ‘Ah man, I’m better than him.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. Be real man. Come on.’ So I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best for him.”
Young is a talented player, but Megatron is one of the best players of all time. He just broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record with 1,964. He has led the league in receiving two years in a row. Young’s career stats don’t even surpass what Megatron has done in either of the last two seasons.
Though we like confident athletes, Young is beyond nuts, and his attitude certainly explains why he was such a pain for the Lions all season. Think about how difficult he was last season.
Here’s a recap of what happened to Young:
- – Sent home from OTAs after punching teammate Louis Delmas
– Benched Week 1 win for headbutting an opponent
– Sent home by the team before the Thanksgiving game for intentionally lining up in the wrong position because he was upset about not getting the ball
– Threatened to quit football if he didn’t get the ball
– Told the Lions to finally cut him
You know how bad Titus Young is? Even Terrell Owens, one of the most selfish players of all time, told him to know his role.
Some team will probably give Young a chance, but unless they feed him the ball 10 times per game, he’ll probably be dissatisfied.
Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk
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Dwight Howard reluctantly came to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade after making it clear he did not want to remain with the Orlando Magic longterm. Howard was hesitant to come to the Lakers because had mixed feelings about sharing the spotlight with Kobe Bryant.
His fears manifested themselves; he and Kobe have clashed many times this season. The Lakers have also played poorly, which increases the likelihood that Howard will leave the team after the season.
During an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Howard, an upcoming free agent, would not commit to the Lakers beyond the current season.
“Right now, my only focus is to get us into the playoffs and win a championship. Nothing else matters at this point,” Howard answered when asked about his desire to stay with the Lakers.
When Smith pointed out that Howard was not committing to the Lakers beyond the season, Howard continued to focus on the current season.
“I’m committed to this team, and I’m committed to us winning a championship,” Howard said.
“I understand what the Lakers want. And I understand that right now, there’s no need for all the circus and all the stuff that happened last year to start back up. I don’t want it, my team doesn’t need it, I don’t need it and, frankly, the fans don’t need it.”
Well, the good news is that Howard doesn’t want to put everyone through the horrors of last season where there he seemingly changed his mind each week. The bad news (for Lakers fans) is that it looks like Howard is probably gone after the season. This probably should not come as a shock considering Howard said in December he wouldn’t rule out leaving the Lakers to chase a championship.
You can see video of Howard’s comments below:
Smith shot 5-for-15 from the field and went 1-of-2 at the free throw line in the New York Knicks’ 99-85 win over the Detroit Pistons. A career 74.5 percent shooter from the line, Smith had 16 points which is right on his season average, but he airballed a free throw during the second quarter.
Smith’s free throw actually hit nothing but the bottom of the net. The only problem is it did not go through the actual cylinder first.
After his miss, Smith gazed at teammate Amar’e Stoudemire in disbelief before shrugging it off with some laughs. Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony could help themselves and busted out laughing on the bench. They could afford to — the Knicks had a huge lead at that point and won the game pretty easily.
Chest bump to SB Nation
- JR Smith
Ray Lewis was in great spirits after winning the Super Bowl on Sunday night. He and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens celebrated their win, and he even took some time to show singer Mary J. Blige how to do his famous squirrel dance.
The impromptu dance session reportedly took place during the team’s Super Bowl party, for which Jay-Z even made an appearance.
Lewis has been doing the dance during introductions before games for most of his career. Other players have often tried to replicate it, but it’s not quite the same as Ray doing it. He even upset Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne earlier in the postseason by doing the dance at the end of the game to celebrate a win.
Lewis’ constant preaching has become a nuisance over the past few months, but I will say that I’ll miss his dance.
Photo credit: Twitter/Mary J. Blige
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Newcastle defender Danny Simpson was taken to the hospital after getting into two fights while waiting for food from a takeout spot over the weekend, The Sun reports.
According to The Sun, Simpson was partying at Circle Club in Manchester before leaving to grab some grub. Witnesses tell The Sun he appeared drunk and was a nuisance while waiting for food at Rice Flamebar and Grill in Manchester.
The Sun reports that that Simpson got into a fight with an older man, knocked him to the ground, and then tried to escape in a taxi. He apparently was dragged out of the car by two off-duty bouncers he supposedly was mouthing off to earlier, and they reportedly beat him up. He reportedly was left in the street bloodied and unconscious for about 15 minutes before being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Simpson, who is dating X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, seemed to be in fine spirits on Monday. He tweeted the following messages:
For the record im okay, 2 on 1 well done!
— Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) February 4, 2013
Thanks to everyone whos tweeted me asking if I’m ok
— Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) February 4, 2013
H/T Dirty Tackle
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It could be another long offseason for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when it comes to keeping tabs on Rob Gronkowski. The start of the 2013 NFL season may be a full seven months away, but it’s no secret that the Patriots like their players to keep a low profile regardless of what time of the year it is. As we learned last offseason, Gronk has very little interest in doing that.
New England’s season ended just two weeks ago. Gronk currently has a cast on his forearm after he broke it again in the AFC Championship Game and needed a second surgery. If you aren’t familiar with the Patriots tight end, you might think something like that would stop him from dancing on stage at a club in Las Vegas and giving someone a Stone Cold stunner. As TMZ pointed out, it did not.
But that didn’t stop him from executing a Stone Cold Stunner-esque move on a friend during a playful dance battle at XS nightclub last night.
As Gronkowski was throwing his friend to the ground, the tight end — who was wearing a protective sleeve on his busted wing — also crashed to the ground and smacked his damaged arm on the stage in the process.
This is already the second time Gronk has been spotted partying with his shirt off since the season ended, which on the surface is no big deal. However, I highly doubt Belichick and the Patriots want to see him wrestling while his forearm that may not have healed properly the first time around heals again. My guess is he’ll be hearing from someone within the organization if he didn’t already.
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If you had to make a list of the top five people in sports who know how to enjoy life, Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski would likely be on it. Ever since Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, he has been treating himself (we assume) to a nonstop tour of good times that has included a casino trip, courtside seats to NBA games, a round of golf with the Jonas Brothers and an appearance on Letterman. Gronk has been partying since, well, probably the day he was born.
A few weeks ago, word surfaced that Texas A&M has spoken to Manziel’s parents about how he should be handling his sudden fame. If school officials are nervous about Manziel’s behavior, this picture should send a shiver up their spines. Chances are Manziel and Gronk were just posing for a picture together down in New Orleans, but the fact of the matter is the two have now made some sort of connection.
As we know, the offseason belongs to Gronk. He’s already back to partying with no shirt on, so lord only knows what we’re in for from now until August. Texas A&M can only hope he didn’t make Manziel an offer to be his 20-year-old sidekick.
Photo via Twitter/Johnny Manziel