His punishment might not end there.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac said he expects the league to suspend Cousins, but if he isn’t suspended, there will be no discipline from the team.
After the game, Divac met with Cousins near the exit for the team bus. Cousins did not speak to the media.
“He said he understands what he did but he didn’t do anything wrong in my opinion,” Divac said.
Unless an angle of the Cousins’ arm wave shows him contacting the official – which I have yet to see – I don’t think he’ll be suspended. I’m not even sure he’ll get fined. Two technicals and an ejection seem like a fair penalty.
So, Divac is dead wrong about Cousins not doing anything wrong.
Cousins lost his temper, costing his team points and its best player. Just because his actions don’t necessarily rise to the level of fine or suspension doesn’t mean he’s in the clear.
The Kings are wise to build around Cousins, a young star on a relatively affordable contract. But he’s not a finished product. He must exhibit more maturity to hit the next level, and it’s Sacramento’s duty to help him get there.
I don’t see how covering for these errors does anything but enable him to make more.