David Stern: Rajon Rondo ‘Obviously Bumped’ the Referee

by April 30, 2012

Word on Rajon Rondo’s possible suspension for Game 2 of the Boston Celtics/Atlanta Hawks first round series has yet to come down, but if David Stern’s comments today should serve as any indication, you probably shouldn’t expect the star point guard to suit up tomorrow night. From ESPN: “Rondo did not make himself available to reporters before the team’s practice Monday on the campus of Georgia Tech, but the team seemed resigned to the likelihood that he will be suspended for Tuesday’s Game 2. ‘Rondo talked to league security this morning and hopefully we’ll know sooner than later, that’s the one thing we would always like,’ said [Doc] Rivers. ‘We’ll find out and we’ll be ready to play basketball when they tip it off tomorrow.’ […] Earlier in the day, NBA commissioner David Stern would not comment on potential discipline for Rondo but left little doubt how he felt about the incident. ‘I don’t want to pre-judge on what the recommendation is going to be,’ Stern said. ‘But as a fan, he obviously bumped him. And you know what happens with respect to that. … We have a hard and fast rule. Unless somebody trips you and sends you into him, nobody touches a referee. That’s the proposition.'”