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DeMarcus Cousins Has Kings Pull T-Shirts Due to Their Racial Insensitivity

DeMarcus Cousins Has Kings Pull T-Shirts Due to Their Racial Insensitivity

All-Star center wasn't having team promote monkey logo for Lunar New Year on the first day of Black History Month.

Published February 2, 2016

Not on DeMarcus Cousins's watch.

The Sacramento Kings' All-Star center stopped the team Monday night from a planned T-shirt giveaway because he thought the monkey-logo gear was racially insensitive to Black History Month.

In celebration of Lunar New Year on Monday night, the Kings were planning to give fans a T-shirt with a monkey on it since February 8 marks the Chinese Year of the Monkey, but Cousins made the franchise nix those plans because he thought they were in poor taste with Monday also being the start of Black History Month.

Milwaukee Bucks TV analyst Marques Johnson, who was visiting to call the Kings-Bucks game, spilled the details on his Facebook page: "I walk into the building and DeMarcus Cousins calls me over to an animated discussion he's having with Kings operations people. He [asks] me, 'Olskool, what you think about this T-shirt? Told him a little insensitive on first day of Black History Month.' They pulled the shirts."

Good going, Boogie!

CSN Bay Area tweeted an image of the poorly timed shirt.

Johnson also tweeted some pics of the Kings' operations staff removing the shirts after speaking with Cousins.

 

Yes, thank you, DeMarcus!

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(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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