The NBA fined Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for "inappropriate language" directed at a fan in New Orleans' 103-91 season-opening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Saturday afternoon.
Cousins, who had 18 technical fouls last season, was handed his first technical of the season with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game at the FedEx Forum.
Cousins said the technical came after he responded to a fan shouting obscenities at him. The three-time All-Star center said he planned to contact the league office about fans hollering at players on Wednesday.
"She dropped a couple 'F' bombs and flipped me off and I don't think that was right," Cousins said after the game.
"That's pretty bogus. He (the referee) sat there and heard her speaking to me in a nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man and I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I feel like he (the referee) should have handled it, but he decided not to but he handled my end of it."