Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins claims his below-the-belt shot on Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo was an accident.
“Man, I was so pissed,” Mayo said after his 19-point, seven-rebound performance in the rout. “It’s just, where does that come in in the game, you know what I mean? He’s a talented player, has a chance to be an All-Star. But you do stuff like that, it takes you down a class.”
Mayo said he told Cousins to “play basketball and you’ve got a chance to be a good player,” but that type of conduct made him a “garbage player.” According to Mayo, Cousins responded with several expletives.
“That guy has some mental issues, man,” Mayo said. “He’s a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don’t think he wants it. …
“He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem. Hopefully, he’ll grow up out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent to.”