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Rajon Rondo suspended Monday night for bumping referee

Jan 7, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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Over the weekend, Rajon Rondo played out a scene from last year’s playoffs — he bumped a referee in Atlanta.

The league doesn’t take kindly to this. Combine it with what the league office called “failure to cooperate with a league investigation” and you get a one-game suspension for Rondo, Stu Jackson announced. Rondo will sit out Monday night when the Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden. Not the way to enter a big division showdown after winning a couple in a row for Boston.

At they notice a pattern.

This will be the third time in less than a year that Rondo has been suspended, feeding into the naysayers who believe the talented playmaker isn’t quite ready to lead this team due to the unusually high number of suspensions he has had to serve.

There’s never a good time for such an incident to happen, but the timing of this could not be any worse. The C’s put together back-to-back wins with a stretches of stifling defense, the kind the Celtics have been known to provide in the past.

After Monday night the Celtics have five games in a row at home and they might get on some solid footing then, but the test against the Knicks now comes with a big asterisk. Look for a lot more Courtney Lee and Jason Terry for Boston.

  1. kyd29 - Jan 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Wanna be tough guy…

  2. ihavenonickname - Jan 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Pau and Nash for Rondo?

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Perhaps if Boston was a league owned team

  3. drewzducks - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    This kid will never grow up. He calls himself a team leader but continues to pull this crap. If this team wants leadership they better hope that KG and Pierce can play productively til their 40. Not happening.

    • hehateme2 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Again…. what a punk! Time to sit him for a longer period of time.

  4. the1line - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    This is bull.. You want to punish him? Give him a fine.. Why destroy the game, league? Suspensions shouldn’t be handed out that easily

  5. eflem80 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Or, he could just grow up & stop destroying his own team…..

  6. teedraper - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I love Rondo!

  7. allen227 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    He’s a thug and and doesn’t deserve the privilege of playing in the NBA. Guess they don’t teach respect in the ghetto.

  8. mazblast - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Just…doesn’t…learn. Fine player, but every so often just plain stupid.

  9. 32magicman - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Celtics front office needs to take these suspensions more seriously. Last time he was out he went to mexico! They should make him travel with the team and attend games.

  10. thestewman3 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I’m sure Doc will make another excuse for him. Rondo is a great talent, but he just can’t seem to control his temper.

  11. andyhr17 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Guy has all the talent in the world (minus an outside shot) but just can’t control his emotions. You’d think playing with Garnett for this long would have thought him to somewhat control his emotions and be a leader by example. He’s still a guy to build around, but not as the veteran leader.

    • jjordannba - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      You have not seen Rondo’s outside shot lately

      • andyhr17 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:33 AM

        A CONSISTANT outside shot. He’s also shooting 26% for threes. Yeah, it’s better, but it’s not good.

  12. readysethike - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    is there video?

  13. lucymyclos617 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    NBA has to fair with every body.In the last game between the Bulls and Heat Lebron was called out on a fault and he got upset , the reff said “Lebron that is enough” and Lebron responded “Don’t talk to me like that because i am a grown ass man”. He did not even recieve a technical faul

  14. BigBeachBall - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Can the refs get fined for flopping?

  15. borderline1988 - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    The league should suspend him for 10 games minimum. How many times has he done things like this with officials? Didn’t he throw a ball at one also?

    Suspending him for one or two games doesn’t mean anything to him.

    I’m not a Rondo hater, but the only way he’s going to learn is if you come down hard on him. Problem is, he’s a star on a darling franchise, so I doubt the league would ever do something serious. Imagine what would happen if he were on a non-coastal team.

  16. lakerluver - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I to would love to see Rondo in the PURPLE AND GOLD. However, not for Pau AND Nash! I mean Rajon is good but he ain’t CP3!! How bout Nash and Hill? Heck, they can even have Jamison too!

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