Former Sacramento King DeMarcus Cousins Offers To Pay Stephon Clark’s Funeral Expenses
DeMarcus Cousins said he would “always consider [Sacramento] home” and has put his money where his mouth is by offering to cover Stephon Clark’s funeral expenses.
DeMarcus Cousins used to play for the Sacramento Kings and was the franchise player on the squad. When he was traded away to the New Orleans Pelicans last year, he said that he would “always consider [Sacramento] home.” After the news broke of the police shooting 22-year-old Stephon Clark in his backyard, Cousins wanted to support the late victim’s family by covering their funeral expenses.
This isn’t the first time that the NBA power-forward has offered to cover for the death of someone in the Sacramento community that died at a young age. Jaulen Clavo — the quarterback of Grant High School in Sacramento — was shot in 2015, and Cousins paid for his funeral as well. His decision to do so comes the day after protesters crowded in front of the Golden 1 Center, delaying the Kings’ game against the Atlanta Hawks by 20 minutes.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive acknowledged the protest after the game, saying that the team “recognize[s]” and “respect[s]” the “people’s ability to protest peacefully.” Cousins is active in the community off the court no matter where he’s at. He was given the NBA’s first Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his charitable endeavors in Sacramento; New Orleans; Mobile, Alabama (his hometown) and South Africa last October.
The decision to support Stephon Clark’s family comes despite being out for the season with a torn Achilles.
SOURCE: CBS Los Angeles