Former San Antonio Spur Sean Elliott is currently an on-air analyst for the San Antonio Spurs. A franchise that he not only played with for 12 seasons and won a ring with but, also one that stood by him as he battled a kidney condition. As an announcer, it’s expected that he might be a bit bias towards his home team. Apparently that didn’t go over well with Kings’ big man DeMarcus Cousins. During a game last Friday between the Spurs and the Kings, Elliott had this to say on air:
“That’s why some humility is in order,” Elliott said on the air. “You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”
Cousins allegedly didn’t appreciate those remarks so he retorted waiting for Elliott to get off air so that he could have a conversation with him:
Cousins appeared on the court in his uniform and confronted Elliott after he and broadcaster Bill Land completed their postgame show.
“I was wondering why Cousins was out there in his uniform waiting for them to finish his postgame show,” said Bill Schoening, who does the play-by-play call on radio broadcasts of Spurs games. “Then I saw them in an animated conversation out on the court.
“I observed Sean walk away from Cousins and Cousins continue to talk to Sean as he left the scene, but I couldn’t hear what was being said.”
So what happened after that? Boogie Cousins has been suspended for two games without pay. The first being tonight’s (Sunday) game against the Lakers.
These were Cousins’ postgame comments about Elliotts on-air comments.
Cousins was right. Trash talk is a part of the game. But going to have that conversation with Elliott wasn’t a good idea. It’s never worth it. Not everyone is going to appreciate your skill set or agree with your POV. Make your point on the court. Perhaps an e-mail or a phone call would’ve worked out better and kept your pockets intact.