Pelicans Rookie Buddy Hield Ejected for Hitting, Squeezing DeMarcus Cousins’ Nuts


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If you've ever wanted to know why basketball players are taught to set screens with their hands over groin, look no further than Sunday night's incident between New Orleans Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins.

On a Boogie pick late in the first half, the sixth overall pick from the 2016 draft swung his hand between the All-Star's legs, made firm contact with his junk, then gave it a squeeze for good measure.

The 23-year-old was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected, having scored five points in 14 minutes.

"It was nothing intentional. I'm pretty sure if it was intentional, knowing DeMarcus' personality, he would have come after me and made a big fuss about it," Hield said after the game, a 105-99 victory for the Kings. "But DeMarcus sold it enough that the refs looked over to review it."

Despite soreness in his crotchal region, Cousins scored 28 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven assists.

Judging by Anthony Davis' postgame-flight Snapchat, nut-grabbing might just be a habit of Hield's

This guy and Draymond Green should have a cupless cage match.