NBA commissioner David Stern would not comment Monday morning on whether the league would discipline Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo for bumping into referee Marc Davis in the closing minute of Sunday night’s 83-74 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, 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 on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “But as a fan, he obviously bumped him. And you know what happens with respect to that.”
Rondo vehemently argued a foul call against teammate Brandon Bass with 41 seconds left in the game and the Celtics trailing by four, an action that resulted in a technical foul. As Davis was walking away, Rondo briefly pursued Davis to further protest the call and bumped his chest against him. Rondo was immediately ejected from the game.
The NBA rulebook states, “Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate.”
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