The Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins took issue with a t-shirt giveaway that was supposed to be held on Monday.
The Kings had placed black shirts adorned with a purple monkey as part of their Lunar New Year celebration on seats at Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Chinese Year of the Monkey begins Feb. 8. But Black History Month also started on Monday.
Cousins, who noticed the shirts, found them to be offensive, especially on the first day of BHM.
In a conversation with NBA analyst Marques Johnson, Cousins told him his issues.
“I walk into the building and DeMarcus Cousins calls me over to an animated discussion he’s having with Kings operations people,” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “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…”
And so it was. The shirts were removed.
“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.”