Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has been fined $35,000 for making unsportsmanlike physical contact with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, verbal abuse of a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection. The NBA announced the official offenses and fine Saturday evening.
Rondo was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and a subsequent ejection during the fourth quarter of the Laker’s 130-127 win over OKC Friday night. Here’s a look at the original incident.
Replay Review (Game Crew): if a potential hostile act was committed by Rondo in Q4 of #LALatOKC. Ruling: Flagrant foul penalty 2 assessed to Rondo for unnecessary and excessive contact made with Schroder, Rondo ejected. pic.twitter.com/X5Tn56LT7B
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) November 23, 2019
After the play, Rondo had some colorful words for the officials, which led to the hefty fine of $35,000. At least in Rondo’s mind, his words cost him more than his actions.
“Maybe the talk with the referee,” Rondo said Saturday when asked why the fine was so large. “I guess the same free speech doesn’t apply to everyone.”
He later added that he felt “disrespected” by the referee, but also acknowledged his history of disciplinary action may have contributed to the severity of the fine. Rondo was ejected and suspended for three games last season following an altercation with then-Rockets guard Chris Paul.
“When you’re a four or five-time felon, the judgment’s kind of harsher.”
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— BBNation ? (@BBNation15) November 23, 2019
Rondo got a late start to this NBA season due to a right calf injury, but he’s averaged 7.2 points, 5.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 20.4 minutes throughout his first five games of the year for the Lakers.