Despite not being a member of the Sacramento Kings anymore, DeMarcus Cousins continues to stay loyal to the city of Sacramento.
Yesterday’s game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks was more than just basketball. The game was delayed due to the protest that happened outside the Golden 1 Center in response to the recent tragedy of Stephon Clark’s death. The game was eventually played out, but only in front of a small crowd of fans who were able to get into the arena.
Once the game concluded, Kings’ owner, Vivek Ranadive, addressed the crowd showing his and the organization’s sympathy for the recent events happening in the community. DeMarcus Cousins, now a player for the New Orleans Pelicans, is also taking action as well.
According to Jason Jones, NBA writer for the Sacramento Bee, DeMarcus Cousins has been in contact with the Clark family and has offered to pay for Stephon’s funeral. This is not the first time Cousins has covered the expenses for the funeral of a Sacramento citizen. Back in 2015, Cousins paid for the funeral of Jaulon Clavo, a Grant High School student who was shot and killed.
It is actions like this that make Boogie Cousins great. Although he is not a King anymore, Sacramento still has a place in his heart. No one would have blamed Cousins if he stayed out of the picture, but that is not the person he is. He noticed that his community was hurting, so he decided to take action and tried to do what he could to make better of the situation.
There may be different views on who Cousins is as a player, but in my opinion, it is hard to deny the person he is off the court. A loyal and caring person who genuinely loved being part of the Kings and Sacramento community. In my mind, his actions on and off the court definitely represent that.
Keep being the player/person you are, Boogie. Sacramento still loves you!