DeMarcus Cousins is coming under fire on Monday morning after video emerged from a Sunday night run-in with a security guard in Madison Square Garden. Cousins wanted to speak to referees at the close of the first half against the Knicks when a security guard approached him and put a hand on his back, prompting Cousins to turn around and push him. It's a relatively innocuous event, but given Cousins' history of anger-related problems it's an issue for the Kings' star.
Cousins told ESPN it was no big deal.
"Actually, I think he was trying to remove me from talking to some refs," Cousins said after the game. "So he kind of put his hand on my back and tried to move me forward. It's not really that big of an issue."
It might not be a big issue to Cousins, but the NBA could see this another way. Nobody was hurt, no complaints have been lodged at this time -- but he still pushed an arena employee for no good reason.