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November 26, 2012
NBA fines Aaron Brooks for mouthpiece toss; Cousins says ref cursed at him

The NBA fined Kings guard Aaron Brooks $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands after last Friday's loss at Utah.

The fine was announced after Kings media availability so Brooks was not available for comment.

Brooks was frustrated at the end of the game, one in which the Kings held a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Brooks believed he'd been fouled on a drive by Utah's Jamaal Tinsley with 14.9 seconds to play but there was no call and Tinsley was given credit for a steal.

The Jazz would win the game, 104-102, on a jump shot by Gordon Hayward with 4.5 seconds to play.

Brooks is the third King to be disciplined by the league this month.

Thomas Robinson was suspended two games for a flagrant foul against Detroit's Jonas Jerebko.

DeMarcus Cousins was suspended two games for leaving the locker room to confront San Antonio television analyst Sean Elliott in a hostile manner after a game at Sleep Train Arena.

*Speaking of Cousins, I was going to post the video of his media time today, discussing his ejection and technical fouls, but my bosses don't take too kindly to profanity on the web site.

Here's what he said:

"The referee (Gary Zelenski) cursed at me. He told me to go (expletive) ask the other referee (about the first technical foul). I was going to say something back, kept my cool and walked away and still end up with a technical. So I still don't understand."

Cousins said he was told by Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie that his technical fouls would not be rescinded by the league.

So I asked Cousins if he considered just not talking to officials. Here's his response:

"If that's the case before every game they shouldn't say if you have a problem come talk to us. Because apparently we can't talk to them."

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