The NBA Players Association will formally appeal the two-game suspension handed down by the league to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousin’s agent John Greig told me the players association will go forward with the appeal of the suspension for what the NBA called a “hostile” confrontation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliot, even though Cousins has already sat out the two games mandated by the league.
Greig says the NBAPA originally asked the league to reconsider the suspension, but was rebuffed.
So, now the players group will formally appeal. According to Greig, the appeal will move forward hoping to recoup some of the money, reported to be about $70,000, Cousins lost by sitting two games without pay, and also because of the principle involved.
Greig told me, “You have to do what you think is right,” Greig said.
Here is the press release issued by Cousins through Grieg:
“I appreciate the support of the NBA Players 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.”