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Cousins given ‘substantial fine’ by Kings for Sacramento Bee incident

The Sacramento Kings are hitting DeMarcus Cousins’ bank account hard following his recent interactions with The Sacramento Bee’s Andy Furillo on Monday.

The 26-year-old All-Star has been hit with a “substantial fine” for his recent run-in with the reporter, the Kings announced Tuesday.

“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. If this behavior is repeated again, we will be forced to consider further discipline,” said the team in an official statement, according to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.

Related: Kings probing incidents of Cousins bullying reporters

Cousins cussed out Furillo in the team’s locker room in defense of his younger brother after his name and a prior offense of his was dropped in a piece concerning Boogie’s alleged assault at a New York City nightclub from earlier in the month.

“We’re going to have some real f—ing issues,” he told Furillo. “Don’t ever mention my brother again. You don’t know my f—ing brother. F—ing coward. You say whatever the f— you wanna say about me, but don’t mention my motherf—ing family.”

Related – Cousins appreciates Joerger’s support in Bee incident: ‘He gets it’

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Cousins appreciates Joerger’s support in Bee incident: ‘He gets it’

All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has a documented history of poor relationships with a majority of his head coaches. A positive rapport is slowly being developed with Dave Joerger, though, and following the new Kings coach’s comments concerning The Sacramento Bee piece that got Boogie riled up, their relationship could be getting even stronger.

“I appreciate it. I think he understands where I’m coming from,” Cousins told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “I don’t really think it had anything to do with him trying to show that he has his player’s back. I generally think he understands where I’m coming from.”

Joerger recently called the coverage of what transpired between Cousins and writer Andy Furillo “ridiculous,” with the Bee releasing a video of the 26-year-old confronting Furillo after an article was published concerning his involvement in an alleged assault outside of a New York City nightclub. In it, Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, was mentioned, which the big man took great exception to.

“We’re going to have some real fucking issues,” Cousins said to Furillo. “Don’t ever mention my brother again.”

Joerger himself has also been at war with the publication in the past, as a piece was written about his new home in Sacramento while mentioning the names and ages of his wife and children back in August.

“Of course, he dealt with a similar situation with the same people,” Cousins added. “He gets it. I respect him for that. I respect him for speaking out. He doesn’t have to. He went about it the right way. He spoke out on it. I respect him for that.”

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Irving: Media shouldn’t be involved in selecting All-Star starters

The new NBA All-Star voting process is cutting the fans’ power in half (50 percent) and spreading it out to include both the league’s players (25 percent) and select members of the media (25 percent)

While Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is appreciative of the talent themselves finally having a say in who gets slotted into the starting lineups, he doesn’t feel the changes are perfect, preferring the media were left out of the decision-making altogether.

“It is what it is, honestly,” Irving said following Monday’s practice, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “I guess they’re trying to fix the deserving factor maybe. Leaving it up to the players, that’s good as well. Leaving it up to the fans, that’s good as well. But the other 25 percent I think they need to throw out.”

The problem with having the media involved is that a bias towards the players they cover on a regular basis could play a large part in who they vote for. Then again, that same level of bias will probably be shown by the players, and will definitely be there from the fans.

“They just do. They just do,” Irving said of the media playing favorites. “Everyone is going to be biased anyway, so it’s cool.”

Irving failed to crack the roster for the first time in his career last season, with his absence for the first 24 games due to injury greatly hindering his standing at the time.

Voting gets underway on Christmas Day, with the starters being revealed on Jan. 19. The All-Star Game itself takes place on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

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