NBA denies DeMarcus Cousins’ appeal

By Quixem Ramirez

April 03, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives in against Phoenix Suns small forward Jared Dudley (3) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 109-100. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will serve the second game of his two-game suspension tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers after the league denied his appeal.

Cousins, who confronted Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott in a “hostile manner” following San Antonio’s 97-86 victory at Sleep Train Arena, will return to the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. Per Sam Amick of USA Today:

The NBA has denied an appeal request that would have allowed Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to play in tonight’s game against Portland, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The league, ultimately, felt that the penalty — the equivalent of the one given to teammate Thomas Robinson for a viscous elbow on Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko — was the proper punishment.