Bob Shields chatted with CHJ's (and new Dagger! contributor) Matt Norlander) about the incident, which supposedly occurred as South Carolina fans stormed the court.
"We did a live shot right after the game. I see many fans swarming the court. One in particular looked like he was trying to duck the security guards. While he was still bent over, DeMarcus threw what I saw was two little uppercuts. A big fellow like that can throw a much bigger punch than he did. But he definitely swung twice. Somebody from the Kentucky bench, somebody in a suit, grabbed DeMarcus as quickly as it happened and the kids after he got hit."Of course, without actual video evidence or any corroborating witnesses, it's pretty tough to start wagging fingers at Cousins. Unfortunately for the Kentucky star, though, someone's coming forward and he just so happens to be the guy Cousins punched (he's going by "Stephen" in an attempt to maintain his anonymity).
Here's what "Stephen" had to say on Columbia radio:
"I had my head down, just kind of plowing through crowd, just because you want to get past the girls in the yellow coats. So as I'm doing that, my heads down and I bump into this big body. And, of course, I look up and it's none other than Cousins. I'm like, great, biggest guy in the whole Coliseum right now. First he gives me a little chicken wing and then I get like a cold cock in my right cheek, and man it knocked me for a loop. He gave me at least two good licks."Even with that, though, it seems like actually proving that Cousins threw the punches (or, if you prefer, "chicken wings") will be tough without actual video of the incident.
Additionally, the Gamecock fans charging the court was against the rules (it actually resulted in a $25,000 fine to South Carolina). And because of those circumstances and the potential danger that several hundred youngsters sprinting onto that space pose to Cousins as an opposing player, it's going to be difficult for anyone to get too angry.