After bumping official Marc Davis, Rajon Rondo pled clusminess, “I deserved the first tech and, as I was walking, I thought [Davis] stopped, my momentum carried me into him — I even think I tripped on his foot. I didn’t intentionally chest bump him. But that’s what it appears to be.”
Watch the tape and decide for yourself. Remember, this is one of the most nimble point guards in the NBA.
You can see he trips a bit on Davis’s foot, but the bump is clearly intentional.
And when the NBA went to the rulebook to hand down a punishment, it’s no surprise they decided on a one game suspension for the Celtics point guard. Here’s what the rulebook says: “Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game.”
So ya, that’s a one game suspension. Let the Keyon Dooling era begin!
Perhaps if he had showed up to Game 1 like this, the league would have been more forgiving…