The NBA denied an appeal request that would have allowed Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers, reports USA TODAY.
Cousins was suspended two games by the NBA for “confronting” San Antonio Spurs broadcaster and former Spurs player Sean Elliott in a “hostile manner” after Friday’s 97-86 loss to San Antonio. He served the first game of the suspension on Sunday when his team played without him against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings also lost that contest.
The National Basketball Players Association was set to appeal the two-game suspension.
The National Basketball Players Association is expected to issue a statement in strong disagreement with the ruling either tonight or on Wednesday morning.
Ellliott was critical of Cousins for trash talk that took place between him and Spurs forward Tim Duncan. Cousins is averaging 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season. The Kings’ next game is a home contest against the Atlanta Hawks.