Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers after his appeal for a suspension was denied by the NBA, reports USA Today's Sam Amick.
Amick reports that the NBA Players' Association is expected to release a statement siding with Cousins either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The NBAPA believes that there is no evidence that the Kings center did anything wrong.
Suspended two games for confronting San Antonio Spurs commentator Sean Elliott, Cousins already missed the first game of his punishment on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was accused of confronting Elliott following the Spurs and Kings game last Friday. During the game, Cousins heard that Elliott was critical of the his trash talk pointed toward San Antonio's Tim Duncan. Anonymous sources told Amick that Cousins left the locker room after hearing of Elliott's comments. The NBA investigated and said that he approached the former Spurs player in a "hostile manner."
After the game, Cousins told reporters that it was "immature" to criticize his trash talk, and he added that he had respect for Duncan.