NBA refs have been pretty quick with their whistle this season. So far this season, Kobe Bryant, Matt Barnes, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin all have nine. But the league leader is Kings center DeMarcus Cousins who went into Monday night with 10. His 11th came during halftime of Kings vs. Jazz when Cousins told the ref not to act like a “f**king female.” Cousins said in his defense that he was attempting to follow protocol and speak to the ref about the issue.
“Before that, (the referees) tell us if you have a problem with them, come talk to them. They give us permission to do that. I tried to wait until the play was over. I waited until the play stopped, I went up to the ref…he kept telling me, ‘Don’t talk to me, don’t talk to me, I don’t want to talk to you.’ So I waited until halftime. He said the same thing…he was saying, ‘Don’t talk to me.’ So my response was, ‘You don’t have to act like an effing female.’ I shouldn’t have said that. That’s about it.”
Do you think Cousins is a victim of his own reputation at this point? Even if he attempts to do things the right way, the perception is that he’s unstable.