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NBA rescinds DeMarcus Cousins’ technical foul

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Boogie was hit with a T after throwing a shoe off the court, but thankfully the NBA has backtracked.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins was called for a technical foul for tossing a rogue sneaker off the court during the Golden State Warriors victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, but that tech has now been rescinded.

The sneaker - which had come off the foot of one of the Hornets players - was hanging out near the elbow, where it was in danger of being stepped on. Cousins picked it up and tossed it into the sideline courtside seat.

He was immediately T’d up by a referee who believed the act had been malicious, rather than for safety.

Cousins was justifiably upset. This is, after all, a player who lost out on roughly $150 million because of a lower body injury he sustained a year ago. You can be sure he has no interest in taking the risk of stepping on a large shoe and hurting himself once again. And he said as much after the game, sarcastically stating that “next time I’ll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles.”

It’s obviously a very good thing that the league decided to rescind the technical. Boogie didn’t toss the shoe violently or deep into the stands - players need to be able to keep a clear and safe court, and certainly shouldn’t be punished for that.