DeMarcus Cousins has had quite the professional basketball journey.
After playing for NBA teams like the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors, and more, the Alabama native now plays for the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico, according to a news release.
Prior to being selected in the NBA Draft in the first round as the fifth overall pick in 2010, Cousins attended the University of Kentucky and played for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team, per ESPN.
As NIL deals have been a popular topic of discussion and being a former student-athlete himself, he has come forward with his take on things.
“Who gives a f—k about college,” Cousins told Garnett. “At this point, college — they’re giving their reparations, man. They robbed us enough. Let’s just keep it a buck. This ain’t nothing but reparations, bro. Man, that s—t’s sick.”
He continued, “When you really talk about it, when you really sit there and dig deep into the s—t that they had going on in college and how they treated these athletes, that s—’s sick.”
Cousins went on to recall how he himself missed out on potential earnings from his name and likeness.
“And this is no knock at Kentucky because this is just the time we was in. We having tournaments in f—g Cancun, Mexico and there’s 3,000 people with a ‘Cousins in Kentucky’ shirt. But the vendor outside, he just made 60 bands with my name, but I get in trouble for a free meal?”
Cousins doubled down on having love for Kentucky. However, his sentiments about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) weren’t quite the same.
“The NCAA can kiss my a—s,” he said.
According to Bleacher Report, Cousins played for one season for the University of Kentucky before heading to the NBA. Alongside former teammates John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, he played a role in the team winning the SEC championship. He averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the field, per the outlet.
“That’s one of the greatest years of my life,” Cousins said, per the outlet.