Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo has established a reputation with officials and the league for not keeping his cool, especially when it comes to the officiating in the NBA. According to the Associated Press today, Rondo has been suspended one game without pay for making contact with an official. Sources say Rondo has also failed to cooperate with an NBA investigation.
The incident in question wasn’t called during the game, but happened with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ impressive 89-81 come from behind victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Apparently after being called for an offensive foul while driving to the basket, Rondo went up to official Rodney Mott and gave him a bump as he walked up the court.
NBA league discipline chief Stu Jackson made the announcement of Rondo’s suspension and the Celtic guard will miss Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks.
This is the fourth time Rondo has been suspended in 12 months for on-court incidents, the last being an alternation with Brooklyn Nets’ forward Kris Humphries.
Rondo was also suspended for one game during the playoffs for bumping an official.