NBA star DeMarcus Cousins deserves a slow clap after shutting down a t-shirt giveaway at last night’s Kings game. The all-star center was not a fan of the tees because they featured a purple monkey on them. The t-shirts were going to be handed out to celebrate the Lunar New Year, but came across a bit too insensitive for Cousins since the game was being played on the first day of Black History Month.
NBA analyst and former player Marques Johnson described the situation on his Facebook, writing:
“I walk into the building and DeMarcus Cousins calls me over to an animated discussion he’s having with Kings operations people. He ask me, ‘Olskool, what you think about this T Shirt? Told him a little insensitive on 1st day of Black History Month’. They pulled the shirts.”
DeMarcus voices his displeasure and to the Kings credit they pull the Monkey T Shirts… pic.twitter.com/bHSz4KVinh
— Marques Johnson (@olskool888) February 2, 2016
“We all need a lesson in sensitivity,” Kings president Chris Granger said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “In an effort to celebrate Chinese New Year, we had some concerns about the T-shirt giveaway, so we pulled them all before the doors opened. Certainly we don’t want to offend anybody, and we acted as soon as we heard the concern.”
Several people have slammed Cousins on social media for offending Chinese fans and their culture with his protest, but those people might be ignorant to the actual start date the Lunar New Year which is February 8th not 1st.
Proud DeMarcus Cousins was conscience enough to address the situation the way he did
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 2, 2016