DeMarcus Cousins points out racism in Kings’ year of the monkey shirts

DeMarcus Cousins points out racism in Kings’ year of the monkey shirts

First time All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins asked the management of the Sacramento Kings to pull out all Year of the Monkey T-Shirts out of the stadium and claims that it can offend some black Americans as the release of the shirts at timely released at the first day of Black History month.

The shirts purpose was to take a nod on the upcoming Chinese New Year and celebrate the year of the Monkey. The design as tweeted by James Ham had the caption “Happy Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey 2016”.

The Kings were to face the Milwaukee Bucks that night and NBA analyst, Marques Johnson had more details on how Cousins reacted upon seeing the shirts.

“I walk into the building and DeMarcus Cousins calls me over to an animated discussion he’s having with Kings operations people. He [asks] me, ‘Olskool, what you think about this T-shirt? Told him a little insensitive on first day of Black History Month.’ They pulled the shirts.”

Chinese New Year officially starts on February 8, 2016 and the shirts are to be worn by players and coaches on the same day as the entire NBA celebrates the first day of Black History month.

The shirts were immediately pulled out as reported by Johnson through his tweet.

The Kings prevailed over the Bucks that night, 111-104 even if Cousins did not play because of a sprained ankle injury.

  • The Truth Hurts

    Blacks are quickly becoming the most racist group of all humans, second only to whites, but quickly closing that gap. With the whole #BlackLivesMatter and #OscarsSoWhite movement, any little thing blacks can find offensive warrants immediate corrective action and an apology. Chinese culture has existed for thousands of years, and China is a huge market for the NBA, of which DeMarcus Cousins and many of his black brethren benefit greatly from, in the form of more revenue, which in turn means more money for salaries. This was just a stupid move by the Sacramento Kings to give in to a spoiled rich millennial.

  • Paul Stamos

    No justice, no piece! Blacklivesmatter# stopbekngracistwhitefolk# stoprapingourblacksistas#

  • Mus

    So black people really think they are monkeys? What is going on here?

    They are calling for equality, but gives no equality to other ethnicities.

  • pissedlizard كافر ‏

    Oddly, Obama was born on a Year of the Monkey. Go figure.

  • Old Dirty G

    If I was Chinese , I’d be highly upset at the Kings management for being racist against our Chinese brothers and sisters. CHINESE LIVES MATTER COUSINS you rich, black racist punk. I’m from Oakland and I can promise that racist crap against Chinese or any of our fans would never fly. Cousins should be suspended . Strait up. But the NBA is too scared to call a spade a spade.

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  • ImaMonkey

    This action is out of ignorance. The monkey is a cherish animal in the zodiac that represents intelligence, quick witted curious animal in the Chinese zodiac. A Chinese Monkey is talented, energetic, social and good hearted. It is an honor to be born in the year of the monkey. If anyone associated this to racism on black history month is completely out of ignorance. We Americans lack serious culture and it is a dumb move. Do we need to lock up all of the monkeys in the zoo to mitigate someone from being offended too?#MonkeyLivesMatter … So stupid … only the ignorance! The Chinese New Year’s is one of the largest celeboritory event on the globe. Educate yourself Kings!!!!! Guess people want to ring in the New Year with ignorance.

  • #LongLiveIgnorance

    This can fall under similar contraversal use of the word niggardly. Just pure ignorance and lack of intelligence … people act as if these things/events are made up to purposely offend others.

  • calsfdude

    The real racist is Demarcus Cousin, trying to deny another minority a cultural celebration, in the name or racism. Like all other racists, he’s not smart enough to understand things, such as, what the monkey represents in the Asian community. In Oakland, Chinese folks are always targeted by black thugs. Is that not racial profyling?