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Rajon Rondo says he was joking with ref, didn’t deserve suspension

Jan 8, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

Rajon Rondo didn’t take the court for the Celtics Monday night — not that they needed him, Boston got a nice win in New York anyway — as he sat out a one-game suspension for bumping referee Rodney Mott in a game over the weekend then impeding the investigation of the incident.

In vintage Rondo style, he’s not apologetic or even sure what the big deal was. From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, on Sulia.

“The league thought it was a big deal. I don’t feel there was a need to have an investigation. I know Rodney and that particular time with that play, I actually went up to him and I made a joke, he laughed and in the midst, I did touch him and the league I guess reviewed it, the media blew it up, on SportsCenter or whatever and I served a one-game suspension.”

They were apparently joking about Josh Smith flopping, which is pretty funny.

I will grant Rondo this — Mott did not call him for a foul at the time. Referees are big on keeping their control of the situation, if Mott thought this something serious he wouldn’t have hesitated with a technical at the time.

However, Rondo also apparently was feisty when the league office called about the incident. That’s probably what fueled the full game suspension over just a fine. And he can’t blame anybody but himself for that.

  1. GT - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Yeah, Rondo’s defiance gets him in trouble. I would say he could use some humility, but that would probably ruin his game. Then again, maybe humility is what you need to be a good consistent jump shooter. Oh the yin yang of it all….

    Why is it always the ones with the immense talent that are so f’d in the head?

  2. alildusty - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Players should boycott dealing with Danny Ferry. Snitches get stiches!!! Very douche bag thing to do.

  3. pricejustin24 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Blaming Ferry for what he did is ridiculous. Like cuban wouldnt have done that?! c’mon. He should have been ejected that game- thats what pissed off Ferry. And plus, Rondo should have been suspended for longer, he has a history of this. What he really needs is a beatdown. He’s been hanging with fashion nerds, that makes you tough all of a sudden?? I hope ainge trades that fool for cousins.

  4. pricejustin24 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Cousins and Tyreke for Rondo, Jeff Green and fab melo.

  5. chargerdillon - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    It’s 100% clear Rondo bumped the ref, and it’s very clear the bump was as slight as can be. Which is why he didnt get the technical right there, even the ref who was bumped didn’t see it as bad because they were communicating.

    There is zero reason for a retroactive punishment, aside from the fact that if they proactively punished the Celtics for Rondos continued lack of leadership and antics, the NBA and Celtics wouldn’t be able to make as much money off of the tickets Rondo sells.

    So here’s a better question, why don’t the Celtics minimize his role as a leader and communicating with the Refs so that the continued instances become less rather than more.

    I love Doc Rivers, but either he has control over Rondo or he doesn’t. If the coach cannot control his players, he’s lost his ability to coach. Doc is one of the best coaches in the game today, if you keep slapping Rondo on the wrist and letting him act the same way, a coach cannot do his job.

  6. jnoah13 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Bumping the ref is bumping the ref. This anti-snitch thing is absolutely stupid. This isn’t the wire, its basketball.

  7. southbeachtalent - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    What a waste of talent. Guy has absolutely no class or leadership skills.

    Don’t get me wrong I love it!! The C’s aren’t going anywhere with that cancer on their team.

  8. BigBeachBall - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    50k and automatic 10 game suspension…. nobody remembers that high school ref that was KO’d by a player… rondo is trash and boston is trash…

    • dko83 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Tell us how you really feel.. I was being sarcastic. Go away forever.

  9. louhudson23 - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    One more time with feeling. At least part of his punishment in this case was due to his lack of cooperation with the league.Yimming your yap at people whose job it is to look into these things is just being a dick. And being a dick in this case,got him a 1 game suspension.

  10. kavika6 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    The Celtics finally got a win, without Rondo. Are you paying attention Doc? Your team plays better without him.

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