These day, it seems like DeMarcus Cousins only makes headlines for the wrong reasons. Despite being one of the most promising young players in the league, the media loves to villainize him for his bad boy image and emotional play. DeMarcus sat down with Bleacher Report to set the record straight about who he really is, how he feels about his portrayal by the media, and his future in the league.
How does DeMarcus think the media portrays him? As the league’s villain:
“They make you who they want you to be. …What people don’t realize is that this is the entertainment business. That’s entertaining. You draw up a big storyline of this is the bad guy and this is the good guy. If I am a bad person, let me do those things to be a bad person. Don’t make me into one.”
DeMarcus says that bad boy image provokes officials to quick whistles and because of that, he’s held to a different standard than other players. Who is the real DeMarcus? “I’m a guy with a big heart who cares about people. I’m goofy. I like to have fun. I’m always joking around. The complete opposite.”
However, DeMarcus will be the first to admit that he’s an emotional guy, both on and off the court:
“I’m human. I mean, I’m not always happy. …I am a 22-year-old man; I could be going crazy right now. So saying that I am immature, that’s ridiculous. I feel like I’m very mature. It’s just I’m an emotional person when I’m on the court. I am very emotional. If I’m happy, I’m extremely happy. If I’m angry, I’m angry. It’s finding a way to balance it out.”
As for those rumors that DeMarcus wants to be traded from Sacramento? Not true, he says.
“No, I am loyal to this organization. The biggest reward to me would be, at the end of the day, hearing them say, ‘He turned this around. He stuck with it through thick and thin and he made it happen.’”
Be sure to listen to the entire interview. It’s worth every second.