DeMarcus Cousins has been critical of NBA referees since the very first game of his career just over a year ago.
Now he's paying for it.
The second-year center was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officials following a physical game with the Clippers, and Blake Griffin in particular, on Thursday night.
Stu Jackson, the NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, levied the fine. Cousins fouled out against the Clippers on Thursday with eight points, three rebounds and no free-throw attempts as he engaged in trash talk and constant hard play with Griffin.
After the game, Cousins said of Griffin: "He's babied. He's the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he's babied. Bottom line."
Asked who babies Griffin, Cousins replied, "The refs, the league -- period. (Griffin) gets away with (everything). He taunts players. Nothing is done. He's babied."
Cousins said he feels targeted by the NBA. He has 12 technical fouls, one shy of earning a league-mandated suspension. He is tied with Kendrick Perkins of Oklahoma City for the most T's in the NBA.
"Some of my technicals, I don't even understand," Cousins said. "I see some of those technicals other players get, and I compare them to mine and they're completely unfair."
As for the $25,000 fine, Cousins said, "It's OK. It's over with. I'm moving on."
In the rematch against Griffin on Saturday in Los Angeles, Cousins and Griffin scowled at each other before the game, though neither mixed it up during the game, a far cry from their last encounter. Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Cousins had 15 points and matched a career high with 20 rebounds in a 109-94 loss.
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