Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins received his 16th technical foul of the season for sarcastically clapping a referee's call in the final seconds of their 120-111 win against the Washington Wizards.
The technical incurs an automatic one-game suspension for Cousins whose history of trouble with officials continues.
With just six seconds remaining and the game already won, the officials called a five-second inbound violation on the Kings as Rajon Rondo took his time restarting the game after a made basket by the Wizards.
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Cousins and teammate Rondo took exception to the call and began sarcastically applauding the referee's decision, earning them a double technical, with Rondo ejected moments later.
"They said it was a violation and we clapped," Cousins said in a post-game courtside TV interview. "I guess they didn't like that."
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If the suspension is upheld, Sacramento's leading scorer will miss their home game against the Miami Heat on Friday.
"It's kind of unfortunate that it happened. I really don't know what to say about it," Cousins said in the locker room after the game, via ESPN. "If I say something I'll get punished, and if I don't say something I'll get punished. I really don't know what the answer is anymore. I'm highly disappointed in what just happened."
It is the latest controversy in what has been a rollercoaster season for the Kings both on and off the court. Cousins has been at the centre of much of it with several run-ins with coach George Karl, whose future has been shrouded in uncertainty for almost the entire campaign.
The incident was a shame as it overshadowed a 30th win for the Kings - their first 30-win season in eight years - and another dominant performance by Cousins where he posted 29 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
According to ESPN stats and info, it was the second time this year that the big man has put up those numbers, making him the only NBA player with such a game in 2015-16.
Averaging 27 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, Cousins is having the best season of his career numbers-wise and is making a strong case to be considered the best center in the league.
Unfortunately, however, his temperament still gets the better of him. The 25-year-old has the most technicals this year with four more than the next closest player. This isn't a surprise as he led the league with 14 in 2014-15.
According to Sean Cunningham, sports producer and reporter for ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento, Cousins had already confirmed he won't be suiting up to play against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. With just seven games to go, it's likely that the fans of Sacramento may not see their star player in action on many more occasions.