Mayo doesn't believe that one bit, saying Cousins has a "big maturity problem" and "mental issues." Mayo also requested the NBA office review the tape of the incident.
Mayo and Cousins were called for double technical fouls after a confrontation with 3:25 remaining in the second quarter of the Mavs' 119-96 win Monday night over the Kings. Mayo was irate after Cousins hit him in the groin area with a fist during the previous possession.
"It wasn't intentional, but there was a lot of trash talk," said Cousins, who had been fighting Mayo for position when he delivered the no-look blow behind him.
After the double technicals were called, Mayo pleaded with two officials to review the film of the incident, which the Mavs' television broadcast replayed later.
"Man, I was so pissed," Mayo said after his 19-point, seven-rebound performance in the rout. "It's just, where does that come in in the game, you know what I mean? He's a talented player, has a chance to be an All-Star. But you do stuff like that, it takes you down a class."