Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins ended a rumor that most likely originated on the Internet on Tuesday.
“Idk where this crazy idea came from that I’m Filipino …BUT IM NOT!!” tweeted Cousins.
There is no evidence online that confirms the 6’11” center from Alabama has Filipino heritage, aside from being listed on wiki’s list of prominent Filipinos, but it has been a popular question asked online nonetheless. It has been asked on Yahoo! Answers and message boards as far back as two years ago and it has been answered falsely with claims that Cousins is anywhere from 1/16 to 1/8 Filipino from his mother’s side.
If the rumors had been true, he wouldn’t have been the first with Filipino blood in the NBA. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is half Filipino; Thunder guard Nate Robinson is part Filipino.
“I’m like 1/8th, on my momma’s side. But that’s like digging down the line though. It’s like great, great grandparent,” Robinson said in an interview with Dime magazine.
The Phillipines has become a popular destination for NBA players with Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Gilbert Arenas all having visited the country in recent years.
“Any NBA players out there: If you’re having a bad day, or you’re having a bad career, go to Manila. They’ll bring your spirits up, trust me,” Arenas wrote on his NBA.com blog in 2008.