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Demarcus Cousins Asks That “Year Of The Monkey” Shirts Be Removed To Honor Black History Month

The calendar has aligned to bring about an interesting confluence of holiday circumstances.

While February is nationally known as Black History Month, it also coincides with Chinese New Year. While normally that isn’t a problem, 2016 has been dubbed “The Year Of The Monkey”.

You see where we’re goin’ with this…?

The NBA is all about celebrating the diversity of their game, and in that spirit, the Sacramento Kings planned to celebrate both holidays at the same damn time.

As a black man Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins wasn’t really feelin’ that. He approached the Kings operations staff prior to the game and asked them to remove the “Year Of The Monkey” t-shirts that were being placed on every seat in the arena.

During his plea, Demarcus asked television analyst Marques Johnson his opinion on celebrating “The Year Of The Monkey” on the first day of Black History Month. Johnson agreed that it was probably in poor taste. Considering the NBA’s recent history with racist azz Roger Sterling and Danny Ferry, the Kings thought it best to not light that match.

The shirts were removed and all was well.

What do you think about Demarcus’ move? Would YOU have been offended by the shirts? Do Chinese folks have a legitimate complaint when it comes to the removal of their cultural celebration?

Weigh in down in the comment section!

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