Rajon Rondo ejected after bumping the referee in Celtics loss vs Hawks

You make the call: Should Rajon Rondo be suspending for bumping the referee?

4/29/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Apr. 17, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball during the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRERajon Rondo got a little overexcited about a call during Game 1 of the Celtics' playoff series against the Hawks. The Celtics went on to lose 83-74, but the bigger news was that Rondo was ejected after getting two technical fouls.

The first was for arguing a foul call on Brandon Bass, and then Rondo bumped the official, which led to the 2nd technical.

Most people are pretty convinced that he'll be suspended, and people are wondering exactly how long his suspension will be.

Some Celtics fans (myself included) are hoping that perhaps NBA commissioner David Stern will show a little leniency, based on a few technicalities.

Realistically, Rondo's getting suspended for a game. But should that be all?

You could make a case that he tripped into the referee, and didn't intend to actually bump him. Then again, you could also make a case that it's completely irrelevant whether or not it's intentional. He bumped the ref, and that's all that matters.

Here's the bump, in case you haven't seen it yet (courtesy of Jose3030):




Another thing to keep in mind, for comparative purposes (courtesy of @bubbaprog): Magic Johnson got 3 games for this bump. I think it was definitely worse than Rondo's, but there's a precedent there. Here's the video:




What do you think? Should Rondo get suspended? If so, how long should it last? Let us know in the comments below.
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4/30/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I'm not buying Rondo's excuse for making contact with the referee, and neither will the NBA. You can't touch an official in sports and he should and will get a game's suspension for it.  In the interview Rondo said that he deserved to get the first technical, but in that situation in a close game you can't afford to get a technical there.  Rondo's always been highly emo and he didn't keep them in check and it will cost them.

4/30/12   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

He chest bumps better than he jump shoots

4/29/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

The bump was clearly intentional, so it warrants at least one game. That being said, cap it at one game, as that itself may be enough to doom the Celtics in this series. To have Rondo out for any more than one game would be really, really make this series an uphill climb.