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November 14, 2012
NBPA going forward with appeal for DeMarcus Cousins

The National Basketball Player's Association if going forward with its appeal on behalf of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins was suspended two games for confronting San Antonio Spurs television analyst Sean Elliott in what the NBA deemed a "hostile" manner after last Friday's game.

Cousins can't get the games back, but he can recoup the money he lost during the suspension.

Statement of NBPA Executive Director, Billy Hunter Regarding the Filing of an Appeal on Behalf of DeMarcus Cousins:

"We are filing an appeal today in support of DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. Based on the accounts we have heard to date of the incident, we believe that a two-game suspension is excessive and unwarranted. We recognize the Commissioner's desire to discourage confrontations between players and members of the media, but he needs to exercise more subtlety and discretion in ascertaining and examining the specific facts and circumstances before handing down such heavy-handed discipline."

Statement from DeMarcus Cousins:

"I appreciate the support of the NBA Player's Association in appeal of my suspension by the NBA. I believe it best to allow the union and my agent, John Greig, to present my position about the situation. Despite believing the penalty unwarranted, I want to apologize to the Sacramento Kings, our fans and especially to my coaches and teammates for this distraction of our goals. As a leader of the team, I have to make the best decisions so my teammates can count on me. I am committed to continued growth and being the best player I can be."

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