Rajon Rondo suspended two games
After his involvement in Wednesday’s fight with the Nets, Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games, according to a report from ESPN Boston.
Celtics president Danny Ainge made the announcement Thursday night on WEEI. Brooklyn Nets manager Billy King said no Nets players will be suspended, but Gerald Wallace did receive a $35,000 fine for his actions in the fight.
The fight broke out after Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett and Rondo became aggressive, setting off a shoving match that sent players and coaches onto the court.
According to comments made earlier Thursday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn’t agree with Rondo’s suspension.
“The only thing would be is they went in the stands, which you never want. But there were no punches thrown or anything,” Rivers said via ESPN Boston. “And, really, when you see it, I thought Rondo was trying to get him away and then he kind of pulled Rondo into him and that’s when everything started. So I don’t really believe he went in there trying to fight. I don’t think anyone did. It just escalated and that’s what happened. I thought the game, at least on one end, was physical. And you can hear some of our guys complain about the cheap shots and stuff like that, and it really never got cleaned up, and then it led to that.”
As for Rondo, he said he doesn’t regret his actions.
“I know I have to be out there for my teammates,” he said, according to ESPN Boston. “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.”