Sacramento Kings big-man Demarcus Cousins will serve a suspension during Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, team General Manager Vlade Divac announced Thursday.
Cousins will serve a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Currently, Cousins averages 27 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes over the entire season.
Cousins yelled at Karl during a timeout. The exchange got heated enough for guard Rajon Rondo to come between the two.
The All-Star big got angry because he felt Karl did not defend him well enough against the referees, according to The Vertical.
Coincidentally or not, Cousins posted images with subliminal messages about loyalty on his Instagram.
This is not the first time Cousins subliminally posted about Karl on social media. In June, Cousins tweeted emojis of a snake in grass, which was attributed to his head coach.
Nor is it the duo’s first-argument. The two also had a heated locker room exchange in November.
Nonetheless, this is Cousins third suspension from the team. He has been suspended a combined eight times, by the NBA or the Kings, for a total of nine games over his career.