Last night after the Kings/Mavericks game in Dallas, rumors swirled that DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with a Dallas cameraman in the locker room. From Dwain Price, the Mavericks beat writer:
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
Sounds bad, right? Thankfully, Jason Jones, the Kings beat writer, was also in the locker room at the time and posted his version of the story this morning, which paints Cousins in a much better light. After the game, the media came into the locker room to do interviews and the Dallas cameraman approached Cousins, who was getting dressed by his locker. Jones notes in his piece that he knows from experience that Cousins prefers to be dressed for interviews, and had actually been sick for a few days. I bet you know where this story is going, don’t you? Here’s Jones’ account:
As Cousins was getting dressed there was a cameraman standing about five feet in front of Cousins’ stall. Cousins asked could the camera man not point his camera at him while he was getting dressed.
The cameraman said his camera was off. Cousins said he didn’t care if it was off, he did not want the camera on him while he was getting dressed.
Cousins eventually went back into the shower area to finish getting dressed.
Cousins returned and by then there were other players in the area. At some point the cameraman is leaving and he makes a remark to someone (Cousins I assume) about making sure his camera wasn’t pointing at anyone next time he was in there locker room.
Cousins asked what was said. When he heard the comment Cousins stood up. Thomas tugged on Cousins’ sweatshirt and said something like “it’s not worth it.” Cousins sat down and a few moments later, gathered his belongings and left the locker room after using some choice words.
At no point did Cousins go after anyone or was he physically held back. Seriously, do you think the smallest player on the team could keep Cousins from going after someone if he wanted to?
The cameraman (from what I was told) told the story in the media room and put way too much on how Cousins was acting toward him.
Boogie’s reputation has taken an big hit in the past few months, but it’s refreshing to see a reporter take the time to report the whole story instead of giving in to hyperbole.