DeMarcus Cousins Fined, Not Suspended, By Kings For Locker Room Altercation

After an altercation with Donte Greene, DeMarcus Cousins was removed from Sacramento's team plane on Saturday night and did not play on Sunday.

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DeMarcus Cousins Fined, Not Suspended, By Kings Following Donte Greene Incident

DeMarcus Cousins has been fined an undisclosed amount after the Sacramento Kings wrapped up their internal investigation into a Saturday locker room altercation between the rookie and third-year forward Donte Greene. Cousins was not suspended for the incident; he did miss the Kings' Sunday game against the Suns after Sacramento brass pulled him off of the team plane Saturday night, but the team never termed his absence a suspension.

Cousins reportedly got into a fistfight with Greene just after the end of Sacramento's two-point home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. With the Kings down two and just more than five seconds remaining, Greene inbounded the ball to Tyreke Evans beyond the arc. Evans eventually missed a potentially game-winning three-pointer. Cousins had position inside, and had been waving for the ball. It remains unclear how open he really was, as Nick Collison was draped over Cousins' left arm and Kevin Durant was guarding against the post entry. But Cousins believed he was open, and complained about not receiving the ball as the Kings made their way back to the locker room.

It isn't known who threw the first punch; FanHouse's Sam Amick has reported that Cousins said that Greene was "afraid" to make the right play, and Greene then reacted.

The Kings did not announce any punishment for Greene, who played substantial minutes in Phoenix and scored 19 points.

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Kings Continuing To Investigate DeMarcus Cousins-Donte Greene Fight

The Sacramento Kings will continue to investigate a Saturday night altercation between prized rookie DeMarcus Cousins and third-year forward Donte Greene on Monday. After the pair reportedly exchanged blows in the Kings' locker room after a close loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Kings management yanked Cousins off of the team plane and told him to stay in Sacramento as the Kings traveled to Phoenix for a Sunday game against the Suns. The Kings won that game, with Greene scoring 19 points off the bench.

But the Kings were sure to avoid calling Cousins' grounding a suspension. The Kings' official release danced around the issue, possibly to avoid the NBA Players Association from getting involved. Here's the Kings' release from Sunday in its entirety:

Sacramento Kings rookie forward/center DeMarcus Cousins will not play in tonight's game at Phoenix while the organization reviews the situation that occurred in the locker room following last night's game versus Oklahoma City.

Kings coach Paul Westphal revealed a bit more when explaining to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee as to why Cousins was grounded while Greene traveled with the team and played on Sunday.

"First of all nobody has said there's a conclusion to this. I'm not commenting at all on what happened after the game. Obviously something happened. Obviously this is not DeMarcus' first time with any kind of incident and there are no prior incidents with Donte. So in our preliminary dealings with this situation we felt that it was appropriate to handle it the way we have."

Cousins has arguably been the Kings' best player this season, while Greene goes in and out of the rotation depending on the position of Mars relative to the moon. But, as Westphal alludes to, this is not the team's first issue with Cousins' maturity. He was benched for making a choke sign at the Warriors' Reggie Williams toward the end of a close game in December, and has previously been fined for yelling at a trainer and kicked out of practice for arguing with Westphal.


Report: DeMarcus Cousins Suspended After Donte Greene Altercation

Reportedly, DeMarcus Cousins will not be joining the Kings in Phoenix for their game against the Suns tonight, effectively making his punishment for an altercation with Donte Greene at least a one-game suspension. Fanhouse's Sam Amick provides this update on Facebook:

Regarding Cousins situation, no official word yet from team. Source says Kings forward was told to meet with basketball president Geoff Petrie on Monday morning at the team's practice facility to discuss the situation further. The team plays tonight at Phx, Tue. at OKC and Wed. at Dallas before the All-Star break.

Amick also notes that these instructions were given to Cousins last night, and that circumstances could change today. And Amick's report is based on a source; the Kings have yet to make an official announcement on the altercation or Cousins' status.

Cousins' spat with Greene revolved around Greene's decision-making at the end of the Kings' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Greene passed to Tyreke Evans with the Kings down 99-97 in the final seconds.


DeMarcus Cousins Removed From Kings Team Plane Following Altercation With Donte Greene

DeMarcus Cousins' tenure with the Sacramento Kings hasn't been long, but it has been occasionally stormy. A new flap kicked up last night, when an altercation with teammate Donte Greene apparently led to Cousins being removed from the team plane before a flight to Phoenix.

Sam Amick of Fanhouse does the detail work:

According to the sources, Cousins (whose postgame interview can be seen here) was furious at the last play in which Tyreke Evans missed a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation that would have won the game. Cousins, who had been calling for the ball in the post in the final possession, watched angrily as Greene inbounded the ball to Evans for the final shot.

After the buzzer, he ran the length of the court to catch up to Evans and Greene and was letting his opinions be known as he blew by them to enter the locker room. According to the sources, Greene and Cousins began exchanging words inside the locker room. The situation then escalated, with both players taking swings at each other before they were separated.

Kings president Geoff Petrie reportedly made the decision to remove Cousins, who could still join the team in Phoenix for tonight's game against the Suns.

Cousins has been productive in a good rookie season, but has been fined by the Kings and kicked out of practice by coach Paul Westphal, and briefly lost his starting job after making a choking gesture to Reggie Williams in a December game against the Warriors.

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