Twitter was buzzing about DeMarcus Cousins on Saturday night, which usually isn't a good thing. The buzz stemmed from a tweet by Dwain Price, alleging Cousins got into it with a Dallas cameraman.
Kings C DeMarcus Cousins had to be restrained from going after a Dallas media cameraman in the Kings' locker room after the game.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) January 15, 2012
The natural reaction is to jump all over Cousins, but something didn't seem right here. Turns out, there was much more to the story, and it certainly doesn't look like Cousins went all crazy.
Jason Jones cleared up the incident, having witnessed what happened first-hand. His account, which he relayed via multiple tweets, is much different (lightly edited for clarity).
Cousins was getting dressed and there was a cameraman standing in front of him and Cousins asked could he not point the camera at him while he changed. The cameraman said the camera was off, and Cousins said he still didn't want camera on him. Cameraman's reply: "whatever." Cousins basically said, I don't care, keep the camera off me. As cameraman leaves he makes a remark about making sure the camera was off. Next time he was in there. Cousins asks "what did he say" and stands up. Isaiah Thomas grabbed Cousins by his sweatshirt to say calm down.
At no point did Cousins try to go after the cameraman. Cousins then gathered his belongings and left the locker room. Then said cameraman came to media room to talk about Crazy DMC, not mentioning that he did egg on DMC some with last comment. But no, DMC DID NOT go after him, chase him, etc. Looks/sounds much worse than it was. Used some bad language, which he can't do.
If Isaiah Thomas is corralling Cousins and telling him to relax, it seems pretty clear the Kings big man didn't chase after the cameraman. Had he wanted, Cousins could've flung Thomas aside like a fly and done whatever, but he didn't.
Hopefully, that clears things up a bit. It doesn't make what Cousins did right, but it's a lot easier to understand. Buttons were pushed, Cousins reacted, but things didn't appear to escalate very far at all. He didn't scream and yell, nor did he chase the cameraman down.
Simply, it sounds like everything was overblown, perhaps partly due to whatever reputation Cousins carries.