The NBA announced they have decided to suspend Boston Celtics guard two games for his confrontation with Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries. The two got into a heated argument after Humphries hit Kevin Garnett with a hard fould. Humphries and Rondo engaged in a shoving match that spilled into the crowd and the two players were ejected.
While Rondo received a two game ban, the Nets players were not suspended.Â Rondo spoke with the league on Thursday to give his side of the story.
“I told them the truth,” Rondo said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. They haven’t made a decision yet, so I’m just waiting to hear back from the league. I went through practice today hoping I’ll play tomorrow, but you never know.”
“Well, I thought the play on Kevin was a malicious play, you know?” Rondo added. “I got hurt last year on a similar play like that — a guy going up in the air, defenseless, on his way down. And you know, I just, I pushed Humphries. And after that, it was a pushing war.
“I know I have to be out there for my teammates. That’s the only thing about it. But I was sticking up for my teammates. I didn’t try to start a fight. I’m not trying to be a bully. I just didn’t think the play was fair that he made on Kevin, that’s all.”
It is not the first time that Rondo has lost his cool on the court and it likely won’t be the last. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said that he wants Rondo to prevail with a cooler head in the future and he cannot continue to take himself out of games with his poor attitude.
“The one Rondo understands is he can’t allow himself to be taken out of the game,” Rivers said. “And he did last night. Now, again, I don’t think he had any intentions when it started. I don’t think he went in there thinking, ‘We’re going to get in a fight.’ I’m just going to stand up for my guy and got his legs up under him. Unfortunately the other guy reacted. Rondo reacted back. And then, now you’re out. Again, it’s snap, it’s quick, and it could happen to any of us, and it has happened to me.”