Posted January 07, 2013

Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suspended one game for chest bump of official

Atlanta Hawks, Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo

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By Ben Golliver

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for one game without pay on Monday for “making contact with a game official” during Sunday’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta. Rondo was also suspended, according to the NBA, because he “failed to cooperate with a league investigation.”

With 3:19 remaining in the third quarter of Boston’s 89-81 victory, Rondo was called for an offensive foul as he attacked the paint in transition, looking to get up a short jump shot. Rondo appeared to use his right arm to stave off Hawks forward Josh Smith, who went stumbling backward after the contact, which occurred as both players were running back on the break. After he was called for the offensive foul, Rondo walked slowly over to referee Rodney Mott and lightly bumped Mott’s left shoulder with his chest as he calmly disputed the call. Rondo was not assessed a technical foul for the bump during the game.

The NBA’s no-contact rule with a referee reads: “Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate.”

Rondo must sit out the Celtics’ game against the Knicks in New York on Monday night. He is earning $11 million this season; the one-game suspension without pay will cost him $100,000.

This is not Rondo’s first suspension of the season nor is it his first suspension related to contact with an official.

In November, Rondo was suspended two games for an altercation with Nets forward Kris Humphries that carried into the baseline stands. (Rondo would later say that the suspension did not teach him anything.) In April 2012, Rondo chest-bumped referee Marc Davis in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series and earned a one-game suspension. In February 2012, Rondo was suspended two games for throwing a basketball at referee Sean Wright.

Rondo, 26, is averaging 13.2 points, 11.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals this season.

Video via YouTube user theassociation

8 comments
maxsus71608
maxsus71608

Rondo is a punk...he's a great player but he is a punk!

jim63
jim63

another whiney prema-donna who thinks hez better than he really is....

ParishToni1
ParishToni1

what does it matter if the call was blown? cant make contact with a ref. plain as black and white. Tim Duncan got suspended when a ref got in his way and he inadvertently knocked the ref down.

Noel rayes
Noel rayes

This player Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics thinks that he tough guy player.  He thinks he can go about being a tough guy in joining the ranks of the BAD BOYS of the NBA.  He should not only be suspended but banned from playing basketball.  He thinks he can just go shoot the ball without anybody guarding him and hit the opposing player while they're attempting to go to the basket?  He's really a unsportsmanlike player.  This I noticed from the beginning we he joined the NBA.  I knew  he won't be a clean player on the court.  Earning 11 million a season wow can't believe.   Rondo so as not to have a physical contact with anybody, the sport you should have done in you sports career is TENNIS.  No contact at all.  Rondo was invilved in so many Celtics game. 

 

mvshark
mvshark

I wonder if they will suspend official.  I watched the game and saw one of the worst call of the game.  Rondo is on a 2 on 1 fast break and Smith running parallel to Rondo cuts in front of him initiating the contact...Rondo does put his arm up in self preservation...maybe the replay of the call should also be posted under the contact with official video.  Then again maybe you didn't watch it Ben Golliver or you are a Hawks fan.  Yeah, Rondo is annoying with someof these antics, but did the league evev look at why he went to talk to ref?  Apparently ref didn't feel the contact was worthy of ejection....WHY? Because he knew he Blew the CALL!!!!!!!!!

PaulMcCann
PaulMcCann

Looks like our boy Rondo is on somebodies **** list.  Intentional???

AlRedrup
AlRedrup

 @mvshark Your point is entirely irrelevant. Clearly, you are a Boston fan. Referees are human, and will make mistakes and blow calls from time to time. The fact that Rondo can't control himself any better than to get physical with referees after they blow a call is completely ridiculous and entirely unprofessional. What a complete joke Rondo is. Doesn't matter if the call was blown or not, that happens. What doesn't and should happen, is for the athlete to act like a 5 year oldThis guy acts like a child, and he does it consistently. The fact of the matter is, I am not even REMOTELY surprised at this churlish and childish behavior he exhibits time and time again. The fact that this is his 2nd suspension for the same exact thing tells you all you need to know about this thug. This guy is pathetic, and I can't wait until he is flipping burgers somewhere. He will definitely end up as one of those broke athletes in about 15 years. This guy is not smart regarding the way he can't control himself, and I doubt he will be able to control his finances any better.

mvshark
mvshark

 @AlRedrup Your reply to me makes me think that you have not seen either video, Rondo and the ref were walking parallel to each other and they came into contact as the ref slowly turned towards Rondo and slowed down his gait.  If Rondo initiated the contact the ref would have and should have called a T and tossed Rondo...I am a C's fan and I am tired of Rondo doing some stupid things, with all that said, This was one occasion that should have been ignored...Sounds like you're either a Hawks fan, A Knicks fan or Danny Ferry's gardener.  My comment was also said with some sarcasm, but then again, on your commodore 64 and the gerbil turning the wheel for electricity in your mobile home, you must not have understood it...