DeMarcus Cousins Ejected from the Bench After Arguing with Referee Scott Foster

DeMarcus Cousins Ejected from the Bench After Arguing with Referee Scott Foster
Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins ponders a question from a reporter during a media conference Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3M deal with the defending champion Warriors. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Even though Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins remains sidelined while rehabbing his Achilles injury, the four-time All-Star still found a way to get kicked off the court.

Per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Cousins was assessed a technical foul and ejected by the referee while on the bench during Golden State’s game against the New York Knicks

Scott Foster, the referee who ejected Cousins, has drawn criticism from other NBA players for having a quick hook. 

Per ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Cousins was giving Draymond Green advice on how to go against Enes Kanter when Foster warned the Warriors big man for talking about another player. 

“You can’t just assume,” Cousins said back to Foster before he was ejected. 

After a win over the Portland Trail Blazers last January, Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul told reporters he wasn’t happy about receiving a technical foul late in the fourth quarter:

“Yeah, Scott Foster at his finest. You know what I mean? He just never fails. Some of them, you can [communicate] with. You’ve just gotta figure out who you can and you can’t. I got a tech tonight. I’m over there with [referee Courtney Kirkland] saying, ‘That’s Scott, that’s Scott,’ and I got a tech. That’s history there. He the man. That’s who they pay to see.”

During the NBA playoffs last May, NBA Ref Stats noted the Warriors were 4-4 in games officiated by Foster and 33-7 in games without Foster. 

Of course, Cousins hasn’t been a boy scout in his career. The 28-year-old has led the NBA in personal fouls three times and has been called for 118 technical fouls in nine seasons prior to Friday. 

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