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Rajon Rondo fined $35,000 for “verbal abuse of a referee,” among other offenses

(Photo: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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.”


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.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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1 Comment for Rajon Rondo fined $35,000 for “verbal abuse of a referee,” among other offenses

  1. notFromhere
    7:33 pm November 24, 2019 Permalink

    Thin skinned refs… I Know they hear worse than this ALL game long, week in and week out, (especially at the college level) because they constantly earn it.