Inactive DeMarcus Cousins Ejected from Warriors’ Bench During Game at Madison Square Garden

DeMarcus Cousins has yet to play a game for the Golden State Warriors, but he now leads the team in ejections.

Cousins was ejected from the Warriors bench during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. According to the broadcast, Cousins appeared to engage in a heated argument with referee Scott Foster, which led to a technical foul and the ejection.

Cousins is a four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA Second Team selection, but he has a well-documented reputation for being hot-headed on the court and in the locker room. He had been ejected 13 times in his career prior to Friday night.

After the game, Foster told a pool reporter that Cousins received a warning for exchanging words with Knicks forward Enes Kanter.

“Cousins took exception to the ruling and during the timeout he was ejected for one technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct,” Foster said.

An ejection is normally triggered when a player receives two technical fouls. Foster confirmed Cousins received only one. When asked why Cousins was ejected then, Foster said officials “just felt like one technical (would) suffice for a player not in the game.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Matt Eppers