Kings opt to fine Cousins for tirade vs. reporter

The Sacramento Kings have issued a “substantial fine” to center DeMarcus Cousins for his recent run-in with a Sacramento Bee columnist, the team said in a statement obtained by The Undefeated.

The amount of the fine was undisclosed and there was no suspension.

“The Kings have a clear set of standards of conduct expected of our entire organization. As a result of negative interactions with certain members of the media that were not corrected after verbal warnings, we have decided to impose a substantial fine,” the team said in the statement. “If this behavior is repeated again we will be forced to consider further discipline.”

The team reviewed an incident in which Cousins confronted and shouted obscenities at the Bee’s Andy Furillo over a column that referenced the arrest of Cousins’ brother.

The column, published over the weekend, addressed an incident at a New York nightclub earlier this month that resulted in Cousins and teammate Matt Barnes being sued over an alleged assault. It also referenced an incident at a bar in May involving Cousins and his younger brother, Jaleel, that led to his brother’s arrest.

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