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Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 5:15 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Chucking the basketball at the chest of an NBA referee while angrily disputing a call: It's one of those things that you just can't do without hearing from the NBA league office.

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected from a Sunday night game against the Pistons in Detroit for throwing the basketball at referee Sean Wright after he did not receive a foul call on a drive to the basket. The ejection -- prompted by two back-to-back technical fouls -- came in the third quarter of a 96-81 loss to the Pistons.

The NBA announced on Monday that Rondo would be suspended for two games without pay for "throwing a ball at an official and striking him in the chest."

Rondo will serve his suspension during road games against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday and Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. He will be available again after the All-Star break, during a Feb. 28 game against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

The no-call that incensed Rondo involved a hard drive into the middle of Detroit's defense that ended with Pistons center Greg Monroe contacting Rondo as he fell. Monroe's knee and leg hit a falling Rondo as he attempted to contest Rondo's shot. Contact was clearly made and Rondo lay on the ground after absording the blow, but no foul was assessed.

CSNNE.com reports that the ejection is "under review" by the league office.

In March 2011, Phoenix Suns point guard Aaron Brooks was suspended one game for throwing the ball at an official. In January 2012, Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors was fined $25,000 but not issued a suspension after being ejected for throwing the ball towards the opponent's bench.

Here's video of Rajon Rondo getting ejected after tossing the ball at an official via YouTube user CyberChicken181


Comments

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:38 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

why hide behind your bs tag names? post your team if you have comments..oh wait, don't want to be exposed for being impartial haters...I would be the first one to say it if a suspension was warranted.. if you think that deserves two games you are just saying so because you hate a team..that is why these sites and post boards honestly suck, because people can never be objective..let me know when any of you have 17 titles....and in your city of origin, not 5 titles bogarted from another place..you know who you are



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

Rajon Rondo did lose his cool that's for sure but this suspension is stupid!  How many times has a player "thrown" a ball at an official (and a lot worse then what Rondo did) and have nothing happen.  They only way he is getting suspended was because he did that AFTER he got T'd...So that's why the league is "sticking" it to the Celtics and Rondo... Suspension not really worth it imo.



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

2 games because a ref can't catch? This is why the NBA sucks and it will never be anywhere close to the NFL. The refs in the NBA need to realize they are not the stars and people do not pay money to see refs throw star players out of a game they had to save money for month to go to. Maybe the ref has money on the Celtics game tonight. We all remember the Kings-Lakers a few years ago, and the stupid suspensions of the Suns against the Spurs. The NBA is a joke. Oh, and thanks to CBS and the NBA for getting this info out after the fantasy lineups were set. How long before the MLB season starts?



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

Rondo lost his cool.  Can't do it.  I like the holier-than-thou righteous keyboardists on here that throw things when their teams don't do well, but are appalled when someone actually playing the game gets upset about a blown call.  Rondo was wrong, but fans who live in two realities crack me up.



Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:27 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

Unacceptable, can't do that. To those Celtic fans living on your past, good luck with that, you won't see a championship for decades, low class citizens, buh bye



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">On the up side, maybe he can try to learn how to make a shot of over 10 feet while he's suspended.</blockquote>

<br />ya right!   




Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

Two games for that? What an absolute joke



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Given Rondo's penchant for dirty play (Ex A: his hard foul on the Bull's Miller in the post-season), this is humorous. Should be suspension for his action for the ref; and yes, it should've been called.</blockquote>

<br /><br />rondo is all taped up every game BECAUSE HE DOESN'T GET CALLS.  guy just came off the injured list.  you're ignorant for posting this garbage.   
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Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Rajon Rondo suspended 2 games for ref ball toss

the funny thing about this - if the stupid ref ATTEMPTED to catch the ball, we wouldn't have this conversation.  how many times does a player toss the ball to a ref?  all the time maybe?  rondo's sarcastic throw was a little fast but the idiot didn't try to catch it.

so now the refs have so much power in the NBA that they can call whatever/whenever they want.  do they expect the players to be OK with this?

i'm willing to bet that foul is called on lebron 9 out of 10 times.  that same call is whistled 10 out of 10 times for jeremy 'flavor of the month' lin.   


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