Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings have put their foot down. The team announced Thursday that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team after berating head coach George Karl.
The latest incident between coach and player occurred during the the Kings' 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Video was captured of Cousins yelling at the 64-year-old Karl during a timeout.
At one point Rudy Gay and assistant coach Corliss Williamson tried to intervene, and finally point guard Rajon Rondo stepped in between the two as they both sat in a team huddle on the sidelines.
The Kings are mired in a tough stretch over which the team has gone just 1-7 and watch their playoff hopes fade. Tension has been high as the Kings head towards their 10th straight lottery season. Cousins picked up his 15th technical foul during the game for arguing a call and he was in no mood to talk after the game.
This suspension comes on the heels of Karl informing the media late Wednesday that he will miss Thursday’s practice due to a cancer related procedure.