DeMarcus Cousins is known for having some disagreements with NBA officials, but those differences are usually caused when he is on the floor.
But Friday, Cousins found a way to get into it with an official and was ejected when he wasn’t even on Golden State’s active roster.
And the reasoning for why is a bit weird.
According to The Undefeated, Cousins was actually ejected for a couple of reasons. First, he was talking to Knicks center Enes Kanter while he was on the bench. Cousins was telling Draymond Green to go at Kanter on the pick and roll, according to an unidentified source.
Second, Cousins then was warned by official Scott Foster to stop talking to Kanter. Cousins protested and then was ejected after responding to the official. In Foster’s words, he was ejected not for what he said, but for the “way of which he stated what he stated.”
Foster addressed the ejection after the game.
“Kanter and Cousins were warned prior to the ejection about talking to the bench,” Foster said, via the Undefeated. “Cousins took exception to the ruling and during the timeout he was ejected for one technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct.”
According to The Undefeated, officials were warned that Kanter and Cousins were jawing before the game and the players were told even before the game not to trash talk. Cousins and Kanter did not oblige.
Cousins was perplexed after the game.
“I’m trying to figure it out, too,” he told The Undefeated.
Head coach Steve Kerr still has some things to figure out about the incident.
“I think he was jawing, maybe with Kanter, I think, and then I asked Scott and he said because he had already warned him and he kept going at Scott I guess,” Kerr told reporters, via The Athletic. “So I’ll talk to him about it, I’ve got to hear it from DeMarcus what happened and we’ll talk it out.”
Steve Kerr on the DeMarcus Cousins ejection pic.twitter.com/VozB90IQVb
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 27, 2018