Sacramento Kings superstar center, DeMarcus Cousins received his league-leading 16th technical foul of the season in the latter stages of Wednesday (Mar. 30) night’s 120-111 win over the Washington Wizards for sarcastically clapping in the direction of an official.
If the ruling is upheld after review from the NBA, Cousins will be suspended for one game.
Both Cousins and teammate Rajon Rondo received technical fouls after sardonically clapping after a call. After the game, Cousins commented on the incident, saying, “It’s kind of unfortunate that it happened. I really don’t know what to say about it. If I say something I’ll get punished, and if I don’t say something I’ll get punished. I really don’t know what the answer is anymore. I’m highly disappointed in what just happened.”
Per Bleacher Report, here is the controversial moment:
DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo were meant to be teammates ?https://t.co/XsmmmU53cQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 31, 2016
Technical fouls have been a problem for Cousins since he’s entered the league. Last year he finished third in technical fouls with 14 for the entire season. If rescinded by the league, Cousins will be available to play in the Kings’ next home game against the Miami Heat on April 1. If not, he will serve the one-game ban on that day.
Cousins is averaging 27 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game this season.