DeMarcus Cousins delivers emotional goodbye to Sacramento Kings organization

Let’s be honest, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t have the best mainstream reputation amongst his peers, the officials and fans outside of Sacramento. Unfortunately, he’s earned the titles of “irrational” and “volatile” as he once again leads the league in technical fouls, now just one away from receiving his second suspension of the 2016-2017 campaign for going over the NBA’s season limit of 16.

However, Cousins’ reputations does not define him as a player (or as a human for that matter). Whether it’s the millions of dollars he’s donated to charities without parading the act as a publicity stunt, or his relentless involvement within the Sacramento community throughout his tenure with the franchise, Cousins is more than the hothead he may appear on the court.

Fast-forward to Monday night, after Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. Before joining his new team, the Kings’ all-star gave a heartfelt goodbye to members of the only NBA organization he’s ever known — warning: grab some tissues before hitting play.

A difficult end to a difficult campaign with the Kings; however, Sacramento fans have to take some consolation in the fact that this man did EVERYTHING for the franchise and left it all on the floor every single game.

And he Cousins left it all for “most amazing fans on the planet” in this Instagram post on Tuesday:

Words can’t even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It’s hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don’t just consider you all as fans, you all are my family…and a couple thousand miles aren’t going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. #LoyaltyisLove

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