Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins went off on a reporter who mentioned a legal problem involving his brother in a recent column.
“Don’t ever mention my brother again. You don’t know my f—ing brother,” Cousins yelled at Sacremento Bee columnist Andy Furillo Friday night, the first time the pair had seen each other since the column was published on Dec. 9.
“You can say whatever the f–k you want to say about me, but don’t mention my motherf—ing family,” Cousins added before teammate Garret Temple and a Kings spokesperson pulled him away from Furillo.
Before leaving the room, Cousins added that Furillo is “a f—ing coward.”
Furillo’s column revolved around the recent run in with the cops Cousins and teammate Matt Barnes had at swanky Chelsea nightclub Avenue.
Titled “Kings teammates Barnes, Cousins need better hangouts in NYC” Furillo opined that Avenue can be added to the list of places Cousins should avoid, which includes The DrYnk in Tampa.
Cousins’ brother Jalell, who is a player in the NBA Development League, was reportedly tazed at the Florida establishment in May when he and DeMarcus attempted to enter the club’s DJ area.
DeMarcus Cousins called Sacramento Bee columnist Andy Furillo a “f—ing coward” for one of his recent reports.
“Now, along with The DrYnk, Cousins will always have the Avenue. Maybe he, and Barnes, should find better places to hang out,” is how Furillo concluded his piece.
The Kings gave a gave a statement to Sacramento Bee executive editor and senior vice president Joyce Terhaar about the confrontation, saying “media censorship is unacceptable.”
“We are committed to being open and transparent…” the Kings said. “There is an ongoing review into this matter, and we will take the appropriate steps immediately upon its conclusion.”
Terhaar included that statement in an article about the entire situation, one where she quotes another Bee columnist about Cousins’ unprofessional behavior.
“He is a bully, to be sure,” Ailene Voisin, who has experience covering multiple pro sports teams for the paper, said. “He bullies everybody. He bullies his coaches, his teammates, team employees, reporters.
“But this is the first time I have heard of him intimidating anyone physically,” she said. “He normally glares, stares and refuses to speak to the cluster of reporters if someone is present that he is annoyed with at that particular time. Or, he will simply refuse to answer a question from an offending reporter.”
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