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NBAPA files appeal of DeMarcus Cousins suspension

DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins will have his two-game suspension appealed by the NBA Players Association. (Rocky Widner, Getty Images)

The NBA Players Association will appeal the league's two-game suspension of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, according to NBA reporter Chris Sheridan.

Cousins was suspended for two games by the NBA after a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs broadcaster and former NBA forward Sean Elliott. Elliott criticized Cousins for trash-talking with Spurs forward Tim Duncan during Sacramento's 97-86 loss on November 9th. Afterwards, Cousins waited in uniform for Elliott to finish his post-game responsibilities, after which the two were seen having a heated verbal exchange.

“We recognize the Commissioner’s desire to discourage confrontations between players and members of the media, but he needs to exercise more subtlety and discretion in ascertaining and examining the specific facts and circumstances before handing down such heavy-handed discipline,” union director Billy Hunter said.