Rondo was the chief instigator in a Wednesday night incident between the Celtics and Nets that ended up spilling into the stands. After Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett up around the head, Rondo took exception and shoved Humphries. Players continued pushing, eventually taking it into the crowd.
The ejection for Rondo ended his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least 10 assists.
“You never know. It's out of my control. Whatever the consequences are, that's what they are. I don't think I didn't do anything dirty. I didn't try to start a riot. I don't think it was more than just a pushing war.
"I think I play the game the right way," he said. "I'm not a dirty player. Sometimes I let my emotions get to me, but I have no intention of hurting anyone out there. I compete every night, and that's how I play the game. I play hard, I play with an edge, I'm not a trash talker. One of my guys was disrespected and I retaliated. I shoved. Guys called it a fight, but no punches were thrown. It wasn't a brawl. It was just five guys on the court.”
Rondo will serve his suspension Friday against the Blazers and Saturday against the Bucks. He will be eligible to return Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
According to WCVB, Kevin Garnett was fined for his participation in the incident. Nets general manager Billy King said Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000.