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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

DeMarcus Cousins hit with ‘substantial fine’ from Kings for treatment of media

DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings have decided to fine DeMarcus Cousins in the wake of a video that was released showing various instances in which the big man has berated reporters.

In a statement given to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, the Kings condemned Cousins’ behavior.

“The Kings have a clear set of standards of conduct expected of our entire organization. As a result of negative interactions with certain members of the media that were not corrected after verbal warnings, we have decided to impose a substantial fine,” the statement said. “If this behavior is repeated again we will be forced to consider further discipline.”

The actual amount of the fine was not disclosed.

On Friday, The Sacramento Bee published a video that showed multiple different occasions of Cousins cursing at and unloading on members of the media. His most recent outburst was directed toward the Sac Bee’s Andy Furillo, who wrote about an incident in which Cousins’ brother was arrested at a bar in Tampa Bay. You can see the video here.

Plenty of players dislike speaking with the media and take issue with what reporters write, but there’s a professional way to deal with disagreements. The Kings obviously do not approve of the way Cousins tries to handle his problems with local writers.

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