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DeMarcus Cousins is modest, shows restraint in alleged altercation

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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:

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.

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32 Comments for DeMarcus Cousins is modest, shows restraint in alleged altercation

  1. Cal Purnell here
    12:34 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I will pay to send Jerry Tipton to Sacramento to interview Cousin’s in the locker room.

  2. PillowTalk
    12:41 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Thats why its important not to get a bad rep. When you have a bad rep people cant wait for a chance to throw more salt in your game.

  3. Tomas
    12:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is why they shouldn’t allow reporters in the lockeroom like that. You have people who have never played a sport in their life badgering athletes trying to stir stuff up and looking for story.

  4. Siddartha
    12:44 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    It’s about dang time somebody stood up for Cousins other than Kentucky fans. When people actually get to know him, his “bad reputation” becomes a tissue paper of yellow journalism blowing in a gale.

    And 1), I’ll chip in too.

  5. Me
    12:54 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I really think some in the media (camera men too) are just looking to insert themselves into the story.

    Also, media SHOULD NOT be allowed in the locker room – they should have to wait in a separate room till the player(s) are ready to talk.

    Espn and other media will not care about jerry tipton’s history of rediculous questions and rediculous behavior – they will just care about and RUN WITH a story about a UK player hitting jerry. UK sould remove jerry from all contact with UK athletics before he baits someone into retaliating.

  6. kdh2011
    12:58 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Nice reporting by Jason Jones. He has always been a good beat reporter (I used to live in Sactown)

  7. Greg
    12:59 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe an example of old enough to play ball in the big league but not mature enough to deal with the real world. Maybe another year or two under the guidance of a college coach and that con tolled environment might produce more players who can fall into the role model category. Never saw Jamal Mashburn in these situations. Just a thought….

  8. Carl
    1:03 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Verbatum how Price describes his current job in LinekdIn profile: “Sports Writer at Fort Worh Star-Telegram.” You would think a journalist would do a little spell check…just sayin’.

  9. make a swish
    1:04 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    You’d think that a professional writer wouldn’t switch between tenses in the same paragraph. What happened to our writing skills? That really gets on my nerves

  10. callmebird
    1:09 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I have trouble defending Cousins anymore.

  11. tyrus
    1:16 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    2-agree but for Cousins…a bit too late

  12. Soup rulz
    1:22 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins is a chump

  13. fishersblue
    1:22 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    At some point we need to stop making excuses for Cousins. Yes, he went to Kentucky and was really a good, gregarious kid while he was here. But at some point you calll a spade a spade. He seems destined to be a malcontent for his entire NBA career unless he makes some changes.

  14. Al B. Sure
    1:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Evidently, #7 & #10 didn’t even read the rest of the post after Dwain Price’s tweet.

  15. Al B. Sure
    1:32 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    And #12 & #13, I guess. If you read the entire post, you’d see that Cousins did nothing wrong.

  16. Siddartha
    1:33 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    5) Good point about Tipton baiting people into someday throwing a punch at him. Jerry has shown himself to be a Master Baiter.

    Some of you others are either posers or malcontents yourselves. Cousins is still a bit immature, but get off his jock.

  17. yep
    1:57 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Does it surprise anyone that Cousins is having these troubles? He had a bad rep in high school, like it or norhe had a bad rep in college. Now he has a bad rep in the pros. I’m sorry I love UK,but we all know if he hd played for louisville we would be calling him a thug. He has a generous and a playful side that we got witness here at UK, but the truth is when he gers aggravated, he tends to make poor decisions.

  18. yep
    1:57 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    like it or not, he

  19. boomdaddy
    2:19 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why would cameras be allowed in a dressing room where guys are naked and getting dresses? I don’t blame anyone for not wanting a camera pointed at them when they are getting dressed. It seems a bit gay, that a reporter wants to be in a locker room with a bunch of nude jocks anyway.

  20. critical thinker
    2:56 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    its always someone else’s fault i guess. calipari had to pull all the strings he could to keep cousins at bay while at uk. the guy has done it everywhere he has been actually. throw in a few million dollars to someone like that and the problem only grows exponentially. on the other side the media can make individuals seem what they are not once things go one way or another. see tiger woods, michael jordan, etc. not who we thought they were. jordan is too powerful tho and all his exploits were blown under the rug. cousins is definitely not jordan. especially being media savvy and just pure power to pull strings. cousins really needs to shape up tho

  21. Hartline
    3:08 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The only reason this gets any play is because of Cousins. I’m sure small things like this happen all the time. The only reason we know about it is because of everyone’s perception of him.

  22. Nickster79
    3:26 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I really don’t get it–Cousins was never a problem at all while at Kentucky.

  23. Another Perspective
    3:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think we have here a case of a commenter repeating the same thought using a different name. No one who knows about Cousins or read this story can objectively say he did anything wrong. Go troll somewhere else.

  24. Another Perspective
    3:39 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    You know, I wish there was a way we could link our sign-in here to our Facebook profiles like the newspapers do now.

  25. Real Talk
    4:30 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a huge Cats fan….but Cousins actions lead to stories like this. If this was the first incident Cousins had in the NBA….we wouldn’t be talking about it. Fact is: this is part of a consistent pattern of childish behavior by Cousins. Cameras in the locker room are a part of NBA life. He can either get used to it, or head down to the NBDL….no cameras in the locker room (or on the court) down there.

  26. BigBlueSkyDog
    4:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Boogie showed a lot more restraint than I would have.

  27. test
    4:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink


  28. Teague'sBrokenJumper
    4:48 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins is a thug.

    4:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe next time Boogie should smash the guys face and live up to expectations.

  30. catfanblue
    6:21 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I assume you mean lying as opposed to lying which is what the reporter actually did…not unusual with reporters.

  31. ShaneF
    6:25 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #1 cracks me up.

    Jason is one of the best beat writers in the business. I am not surprised he did this.

  32. Holler Baller
    7:53 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Tired of it, good luck Big Cuz hope you get it together.