How? With around 100 telephone calls and something approaching a thousand text messages, according to an account Cousins gave reporters Monday that was posted online at a Lexington, Ky., sports reporters' site. Unfortunately for all considered, some of the calls, presumably from Mississippi State fans according to the details provided by Cousins, have featured racial and gay slurs.
To his credit, Kentucky's freshman is handling the phone number being released with class, humor, and a great deal of maturity. In fact, unlike virtually every other athlete who has had this happen to them -- Tim Tebow at LSU most famously -- Cousins is not even turning off his cell phone.
"I'm going to change it after the game, I want to see what they have to say," Cousins said in the video posted by John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Asked what his reaction was to the phone calls, Cousins said, "It kind of made me mad in the beginning, but now I'm answering the phone having conversations with them."
Cousins, the 6-foot-11 center averaging 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, said that he began receiving messages with racial slurs as soon as Mississippi State became the Wildcats' next opponent.
"It started right after the [win over Tennessee Saturday night]... and I got called the N-word, some Bs," Cousins said.
Given Cousins' production in SEC play, and the fact that he seems to be getting better each game, Mississippi State fans may not be exercising the best judgment if they anger the big man, particularly since the Bulldogs have been one of the league's biggest disappointments and almost certainly need a win over Kentucky to have a realistic shot at the NCAA tournament.
The team currently boasts a number 58 RPI rating that isn't improving very much absent this victory.
So, good move State fans, your 1,000 text messages -- or as they call it in the Magnolia state, magic phone letters -- have been well utilized, ensuring that a future multimillionaire wants to beat you worse than he ever would have before. At least Cousins says that he has unlimited text messaging and isn't being charged extra for the texts.
Plus, the quality of the presumed State callers is outstanding. Cousins described the "best" of the phone calls in the Clay interview below. "I was actually in the middle of an interview and somebody called ... and started off, 'What's up f*****?' I was like, 'What's up?'"
In addition to the witty gay commentary, Cousins has also dealt with the racial slurs. "They just showing their ignorance," he said. No doubt. Especially since whatever State fans are passing along those slurs are, presumably, rooting for a majority black basketball team by passing along racial slurs to a black basketball player.
Fans have also been kind enough to leave messages when Cousins hasn't answered his phone. Asked what kind of voicemails he's received, Cousins replied,"Some were racial and some were girls like, 'let's make out.' I don't know what they expect in Starkville."
That's okay, no one knows what to expect in Starkville, DeMarcus, no one.
Well, scratch that, there are lots of cows and people who wish they could have gotten into Ole Miss.