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DeMarcus Cousins went Christmas shopping with 50 kids last night

I will defend DeMarcus Cousins, the person, to anyone who will listen.  DeMarcus is as kind and genuine as any professional athlete you’ll come across — when you’re not bashing his on-court presence.  (Sorry, Sean Elliot.)  Yes, he has attitude issues on the court and in the locker room, and that’s something I know he is working hard to improve.  (Sorry, O.J. Mayo.)  It’s part of his competitive nature mixed with his Alabama upbringing and dominant personality, and a little bit of growing up to do.  He isn’t putting up with shit from anyone — that’s the best way I know how to describe DeMarcus Cousins, the basketball player.

But DeMarcus is just a fun-loving guy, off the court.  Get him away from the pressure that comes with being one of the NBA’s rising stars and he’s one of the best guys you’ll ever meet.  Take for instance last night when he took 50 children Christmas shopping at a Wal-Mart in Sacramento.  The Boogie haters will call it a P.R. stunt, and it partially was, but I can assure you DeMarcus was excited and more than happy to do it.  He did something similar last year too, while out shopping on his own.  It wasn’t a team event.  There was no media coverage.  Just DeMarcus buying iPods at Wal-Mart for young Kings fans.

This year he dressed up as Santa Claus to help the kids spend their $200 Wal-Mart gift cards.  The 50 children — 30 from St. Johns Shelter Program for Women and Children and 20 fourth-grade students from Washington Elementary School — were thrilled to Christmas shop with Santa Cuz and took home autographs and photos with him to go along with their gifts.

I don’t know where he found a suit that big, but the Lebron 10s were a nice touch.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for DeMarcus Cousins went Christmas shopping with 50 kids last night



  1. East Kentucky Infidel
    9:38 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Good job big fella!



  2. tom
    9:43 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins needs some anger management counseling and / or meds. He appears to have a classic passive-aggresive personality. He does many kind things…get the anger part under control and you’ve got a wonderful role model. But, until he does, all his good works will be overshadowed.



  3. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    9:52 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not sure what he has is called passive anything. Let’s call it active-aggresive personality disorder.



  4. Ms. Woody
    9:58 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Love it Boogie! Keep up the hard and good work! Very proud!



  5. KRS Original
    9:59 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with you drew, I love boogie! He’ll always be a favourite of mine, not matter what he does or doesn’t do in the NBA. I’m gonna remember him for the time he was in Lexington. Nothing’s gonna change that!



  6. Dacci
    10:00 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    What sucks is the fact that I bet PTI, ATH, Sportcenter wont touch this story, but if Boogie gets a tech; it gets its own segment.



  7. Steve Fitts
    10:01 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, momma never told me that Santa was 6’11” and black and wore blue sneakers! I always thought he was a short, fat white guy with boots!



  8. buzzard
    10:56 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Big Cuz is awesome. I LOVED the way he played at KY. John Wall was amazing, but I would have taken Boogie #1 in the draft!
    Keep up the good work DeMarcus! BBN LOVES you! but next year get a Blue Santa suite.



  9. SeoulCat
    11:02 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    The guy is misunderstood. He is a competitive player, so he plays all out and hates to lose. There is nothing wrong with that. As far as confronting Sean Elliot goes, Boogie was completely in the right to call him out for his unprovoked character assault of Boogie ON THE AIR. Had that been Kobe or Blake Griffin who confronted Elliot, not a peep would’ve been heard. The “character issues” that the we constantly hear about have largely been created by the media. The man hasn’t been arrested for DUI, drugs, weapon possession, assault, rape, or jaywalking. He doesn’t get in fights at clubs or run in shady circles. He freely gives to others in need, whether we’re talking about underprivileged children in California during the holidays, sick kids in Kentucky, or tornado victims in Alabama. Get off his back, people, quit listening to the media, and let his actions speak for themselves.



  10. SeoulCat
    11:04 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    *that we constantly



  11. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    11:39 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    #9 – “The man hasn’t been arrested for DUI, drugs, weapon possession, assault, rape, or jaywalking. He doesn’t get in fights at clubs or run in shady circles. He freely gives to others in need, whether we’re talking about underprivileged children in California during the holidays, sick kids in Kentucky, or tornado victims in Alabama. Get off his back, people, quit listening to the media, and let his actions speak for themselves.”

    No one said a thing about the guy’s character off the court, he really seems like a good person. On the court though, dude is a baby and needs to grow up.



  12. wild turkey 101
    11:50 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins handing out presents like he hands out turnovers. He’s been a big dissapointment. Talks a good game though.



  13. Any time, baby; anytime
    11:54 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Now, THAT Santa Claus can drop down my chimney ANY TIME. : D



  14. BoogieClaus
    11:54 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    DC makes a very Merry looking Santa!!!! Great work Big Fella!!!!



  15. BigBlue22
    11:58 am December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hope he didn’t threaten or try to start a fight with any of them guys is a thug. But according to Matt Jones he is just “misunderstood”



  16. uk3k
    1:18 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    we miss you boogie!



  17. CAUKFAN
    3:14 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Boogie haters make me mad!



  18. L
    6:39 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    My 84-year old Mother adores DeMarcus. She is a great judge of character.



  19. MafisherUKfan
    9:11 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    #12 – Go out and get a life, will ya?