Mar 5, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) fouls Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) on the shot during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. THe Denver Nuggets defeated the Sacramento Kings 120-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Gallinari: "I'm a lover not a fighter."

DeMarcus Cousins is a hothead.

We all know that.

Last night, he was called out for crossing the line during the Sacramento Kings loss to the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets ran all over the Kings, (or is it the Sonics?) en route to victory. One of the key players for the Nuggets all season has been small forward Danilo Gallinari. At one point during the contest, Gallo and Cousins got into it on the floor and had to be separated. The Denver Post’s Mark Billingsley described what happened during the third quarter:

“Cousins pushed Gallinari to the ground on one possession, and Gallinari got up to complain to the referees and then took his case directly to Cousins. They had to be separated by teammates and refs, but neither received a technical foul.”

Gallo told Billingsley what Cousins said after the game that made him so upset.

“When you talk trash its fine as long as you don’t disrespect and that’s what I approached him. I never approach nobody who trash talks to me. I like that and loved it. But it has to be in the respect area and you go out of the respect area that doesn’t work with me.”

“(Cousins) said a lot of bad stuff. Being from Italy, he said some stuff I don’t even understand. I’m a lover not a fighter.”

So what did Cousins say?

What exactly is the line that players can’t cross?

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