DeMarcus Cousins Gets Ejected from the Game, and He Wasn’t Even Playing

DeMarcus Cousins with Pelicans (left) in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is yet to make an NBA debut for his new team Golden State Warriors, but that didn’t stop him from earning his first ejection as Warriors’ player. Surprisingly, he became the team’s first player to get ejected this season.

During the game against the New York Knicks which he watched from the sidelines, Cousins, who’s still recovering from ACL injury, got into an argument with referee Scott Foster. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, Foster wasn’t in the mood for this and decided to give Cousins a technical and eject him from the game.

The last time that a player who didn’t play was removed from the game was more than 10 years ago, and this only happened two more times in the previous 15 seasons. Chris Paul received ejection while being a member of New Orleans Hornets in 2007 while Boston Celtics’ Sam Cassell was ejected in 2008.

DeMarcus Cousins was a borderline MVP candidate in the first half of 2017-18 season, averaging averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists with the New Orleans Pelicans. An ACL injury in January, however, sidelined him for a long period and Pelicans decided not to offer him a new deal in the summer.

Other NBA teams were also cautious about signing him so Cousins decided to sign a one-year, 5.3 million deal with the Warriors. While he recently started with limited practice, the timetable for his return remains unknown.