Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  76 responses

Dwyane Wade Calls Rajon Rondo Flagrant Foul a ‘Punk Play’

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

In the closing moments of yet another bitterly-fought game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, a frustrated Rajon Rondo committed a hard foul on Dwyane Wade.

The Heat superstar did not appreciate being grabbed around the head area with two hands, and called out Rondo when talking to reporters. Wade said there’s no room in the game for that type of thing.

Rajon Rondo and Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, meanwhile, shrugged it off as little more than a hard foul in a tense, emotional and chippy game.

Per the Sun-Sentinel and Boston Herald:

“We’re in the NBA,” Wade said after the 120-107 win. “I got my kids watching, so I stopped myself, but it was a punk play. The league will take care of it.” I asked Wade if he said the P-word to Rondo when they were nose to nose. “I just did,” Wade said with a wink. “There’s a lot of cameras here.”

Why does something always seem to happen when Rondo and the Heat hook up? “You got to go ask him that, man. I have no idea,” Wade said. “I’m here to play basketball. It’s what we are. We’re basketball players. If you want to go do something else, then go do something else. Boxing and all those other things, this is not it. We’re basketball players here.”

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are scheduled to meet again three more times this season, and quite possibly in the Playoffs. In other words, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade will get plenty of chances to lob insults at one another, which is fantastic.

The Heat and Celtics will resume their war on January 27 in Beantown.

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  • robb

    When you break someone else’s nose during an all star game you can’t talk about somebody being a punk. Shut up Wade

  • hoodsnake

    Salty and sad…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He was going to throw the ball at him, but he stopped himself. Glad he did. No need for him to get a technical after Rondo lost his cool. Rondo was frustrated because the Heat were still able to keep them in check even after LeBron left the game. The best rivalry in the league just got better. With Ray Allen, the Heat can now score without LeBron and Wade being on the floor. Best team in the East without question. Their half court offense is a lot better.

  • sp

    pretty sure wade did the same thing to kobe in a allstar game….shut up


    Thought the reporter meant the other P-word

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    After the cheap fouls that lead to Rondo dislocating his elbow, and Kobe breaking his nose in the all star game, not to mention the inexplicable flagrant he took on Collison in the playoffs last year… Wade is more than qualified to speak on “punk plays.”

  • http://twitter.com/Illustrious_Cee Chris

    interesting that Wade, a guy known for being borderline dirty, is calling out other dirty players. pot, kettle, black.

  • http://twitter.com/Illustrious_Cee Chris

    interesting that Wade, a guy known for being borderline dirty, is calling out other dirty players. pot, kettle, black.

  • spit hot fiyah

    u think that was on purpose? hard foul yes, but all-star games get competetive too

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Says the guy that slammed rondo breaking his elbow
    Says the guy that broke Kobes nose in an ((ALLSTAR GAME))
    heres some more proof:

  • Max

    First I was like, did Wade really call Rondo a Pen!s?

  • taz

    Cheap fouls? Dude, Rondo pulled Wade down from behind! Let me pull you down, I bet the first thing you do is stretch your arm out. That’s what he did, he then fell on Rondo who himself stretched his arm out and dislocated his ellbow. If all, it’s his own fault, should cheap-pull Wade down from behind on the first place. Stop with this fairy tales. You Boston fans are somethimg else.. But I give you this, you stil believe in your team, thats cool, but even you should give credit where credit is due, cause you guys are making yourself look really dumb out there.

  • Taz


  • Brownjesus

    Just last year he tackled Collison, shoving Hamilton, and broke Kobe’s nose. I think its safe to say he’s more than just borderline dirty

  • Brownjesus


  • pposse

    breaking kobes nose comes to mind

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Read the other comments on here, this is not just a “Salty Boston fan” thing, Wade is a chump. Even if you can try to explain away the Rondo elbow thing, what’s the excuse for what he did to Collison?

  • payuli

    so wade calling himself a worse punk than rondo cause what he did to kobe during the all-star game last year was worse. he injured kobe in an ALL-STAR GAME!!! who does that? really dwyane? haha you’re just jealous of kobe and rajon!

  • Irishway’s

    Rondo is in no way a punk he commited the the hard foul then got in his face. What!! yeah I did that….;) That in definition is not a Punk. On the other hand it is a little early to be closeling people.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    That’s a perfect thumbnail.

  • MightyMouse

    Does anybody else remember when DWade pretty much tackled Rondo to ground in the playoffs and hyperextended his elbow..?

  • VanCityBBall

    didnt he elbow Rip to the floor last season? and break rondos arm (possibly not on purpose but do you think rondo would believe that?) break Mambas nose? but even coming off as a C’s guy i found this embarrassing, not the foul itself but what happend after. you lost the game take it like a man

  • EnriquePC

    he’s just talking nuisance like the cartoon!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    They were looking sharp out there

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    That Hamilton shove was some bullshit

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Lol that’s south side Chicago ball

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Cheap fouls & cheap thrills for everyone

  • Redd

    Call Wade a hypocrite & maybe you’re even right but I respect the fact the first thing that came to mind was his children in that situation. Much respect, I still hate the Heat.

  • vtrobot

    Kerr: “This looks really bad.” Really? That’s “really bad” these days? Yeah, DWade’s lucky to still be alive.

  • KipSmithers

    Probably still mad about the elbow takedown in the playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    I seem to remember Wade getting unnecessarily tangled up with Rondo which ended with the latter dislocating his elbow in a playoff series. Wade is probably the dirtiest superstar in the game.

  • initbruv


  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I bet it was more “let me not get suspended on opening night” and less “my kids are watching”

  • dwade flops so hard

    this wasnt even a hard foul! nobody went to the floor, nobody was hurt. rondo grabbed him and held onto him for an intentional foul, but it was not overly aggressive. plus do you guys not remember wade getting away with an offensive foul a couple minutes earlier when he hooked rondos face with opposite hand during a lay up? that was one of many calls that went heats way. this was a fair payback that wasn’t even deadly. sit down wade, you have done way worse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    LeBron’s slam with the voice :D

  • http://twitter.com/Illustrious_Cee Chris

    “competitive” is not the same as “violent”, at least not in basketball anyway

  • C-Mac

    The Rondo foul was immature, but it wasn’t a dangerous play. He grabbed Wade to stop his momentum, but at no point was he trying to take him down. I’m not here to apologise for Rondo’s actions; he was like a petulant little kid out there at times. But I think it’s a bit rich for Wade to criticise him when he makes plays like the Collison takedown last year, which are way more dangerous and likely to result in an injury IMO.


  • bigA

    I agree, it was immature of Rondo. The first quarter of that game was a joy to watch. How about Lebron, he was terrific, I loved his decision making. Allthough his cramps are suspect.

  • http://bostonprosports.com/ seogus

    What about when Wade dislocated Rondo’s elbow with this cheap take-down?! http://celticshub.com/2011/05/08/video-wade-escapes-condemnation/

  • R32

    I’m the biggest Miami fan, but i don’t think that was a “dirty” play, just chippy one. Get over it Wade.

  • LakeShow


  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    It’s also kind of a punk move to make a hard move to the basket when you’re up 11 with 20 seconds to go. You’re going to dunk it just to rub in the victory? D-Wade is comical in his lack of self awareness.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    Wade is a cheap shot artist and a major punk. Why is he driving hard to the hoop up 11 with 20 seconds to play? He should expect to get hit trying to add in a meaningless dunk with the game already in hand.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    Really bad Steve, would be like when MJ punched in the face during practice. Give me a break. Also, Wade flails more on play where nobody hits than on that foul.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    Wait a sec, Rondo pulled Wade down from behind and dislocated his own elbow in the process? Taz, you clearly have zero clue of how that play actually went down.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    By that same token I wonder if he thinks about the example he sets for his kis every time he jumps up and down whining at the refs for not getting calls. His kids must throw some crazy tantrums with D-Wade as their role model! lol

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    The game WAS lost by the time Wade decided to go for a showboat dunk up 11 with 20 seconds to go. Just because the Celtics got outplayed doesn’t mean they should let that dude rub their faces in it.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    Yep, Wade’s left foot was behind Rondo’s feet and D-Wade came across Rondo chest and drove him to the ground. Dirty player.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Shot clock was going to expire a few seconds before the game clock so what would you prefer, a drive to the basket for a dunk or a 3 point shot that may go in and add to the lead even more?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Rondo has some punk in him, but this was just a move out of frustration. He continues to be the only guy on his team capable of playing on LeBron, Wade and Bosh’s level. Almost had a triple double and wasn’t having his best night.

  • pposse

    rondo poked the ball from wade so wade boxed out rondo to make sure that rondo didnt get the ball since wades momentum was going towards the bucket, the ball to half court and rondo’s momentum going towards the ball. Wade then tripped over rondo and a freak play happened. You can argue wade was being smart, but either way that should have been an offensive foul.

  • http://twitter.com/tweedstereo iain

    C’mon, let’s be real here, hitting a last second three is NOT the same as trying to dunk on a team you’ve clearly already beaten. There are no Dwyane Wade posters of him shooting a 25 footer.

  • Slick Ric

    D-wade cant talk….him intentionally trying to hurt rondo a couple seasons ago in the playoffs didn’t go unnoticed by me.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    3 pointer or layup or dunk, either way, someone would have had a problem if they wanted to. Also, Bosh had dunked not that long before that possession with the game already decided…so what’s the difference?

  • topdog

    dwayne wade dislocated rondo’s shoulder and broke kobes nose that sounds more like a “punk play” I hope dwight howard checks him with a solid hard foul

  • bike

    This is the first time a player has admitted that he stopped himself from doing anything because his kids were watching.

  • slamonthis

    Wade is a much bigger punk than Rondo. Dude dislocated Rondo’s arm couple of years ago and then all of a sudden he can’t handle a lil rivalry hug. One of the biggest cry baby in the league. It’s only game one and ofcourse they were supposed to win that game specially being at home.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Rondo’s drives to the rim were a thing of beauty last night though.

  • paulkane2012

    Wade’s hypocrisy is as staggering, as it is shameless. The guy used to be one of the most respected players. Now he’s a clown.

  • who?

    (cough cough) its just one game – ray played well for one game???
    i mean is barbosa going to do what he did most games… no
    i repeat one game!

  • LakeShow

    Whooo hoo! Love me some NBA. I got Rondo in that fight that’s for sure. Dude is scrappy.

  • Mr. Wet

    that would be Kevin Garnett, hands down.

  • Mr. Wet

    shot clock, they had to shoot. If the game was lost rondo shouldn’t have wrapped him up.

  • The Seed

    Wade is a Punk for all his crybabying he does, for his skin head haricut, for letting Lebron take over his legacy and a punk for thinking he is important to the NBA anymore. Wade is nothing but a glorified role player, who stated he wants Lebron to lead and Wade will follow, whos the punk.

  • Jerome

    He already threw the ball at Rondo earlier in the game. Heat got away with a lot that game. Wade needs to man-up and move on.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    It was a cheap foul by Rondo and Wade has a history of cheap fouls. Both can be true you know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    His kids are not watching when he is the one who played dirty? How about other kids?

  • That Man Sam
  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Might take the comment seriously if it was coming from a dirty spiteful player.

  • Brownjesus

    Competitive or not, why is he “fouling hard” in an all star game

  • Brownjesus

    Sure, but it still makes him a hypocrite

  • raf

    And D.Wade never got a flagrant! He should watch his game before talks about others

  • pposse

    book promotion

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    chris you’re right on that one about wade but i haven’t seen him do that to other players with 20 secs on the clock

  • Celtics any day

    I’m just wondering if Heat paid the Celtics to lose the match so it wouldn’t spoil Lebrons big party, collecting his ring n all….lol

  • Really

    Are you serious? remember sportsmanship their was 30 secs left on the clock and they already won why would wade try to drive in for a layup?