Nov 21, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT
Rajon Rondo was back Boston this week for a charity game, and with that cam an appearance at a nightclub in the area.
At the end of the evening, a man took a swing at Rondo and was wrested to the ground and later arrested, reports the Lowell Sun. The man, Eric Valarezo, 31, was charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Officer Michael Kandrotas noticed a scuffle, and learned that someone “took a fighting stance and threw a punch” at the Celtics all-star and his entourage, which included fellow NBA players Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, former Celtic Nate Robinson and Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Police and Kevin Hayhurst, co-owner of Brian’s Ivy Hall, said members of Rondo’s entourage wrestled Valarezo to the ground.
It’s not clear what prompted the incident, Valarezo said he was bumped and didn’t know it was Rondo when the incident happened. It also should be noted the club owners said Rondo and his group were “disrespectful toward patrons.”
That said, starting a bar fight is never a good idea, and against a bunch of professional athletes it’s a particularly poor one.
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