Was Rajon Rondo Suspension Fair?
Rajon Rondo’s ejection from Game 1 of the Celtics-Hawks series for taking in vain the name of Marc Davis and consequent one-game suspension for Game 2 for doin’ the bump with the supercilious referee, took me back to April 9, 1996 when Nick Van Exel — currently on Atlanta’s coaching staff — pushed official Ronnie Garretson onto the scorer’s table … and over it.
For his trouble, the Lakers’ pack leader was docked seven games and fined 25-large. Magic Johnson, back on active duty (32 games) after four years in retirement due to (HIV-positive) illness, lauded the league and then-VP of Violence Rod Thorn for his decision.
Sermonized Magic: “Nick is going to have to learn from that.”
All of five days later, guess who manhandled whistleblower Scott Foster, on national TV, no less, and earned three games off without pay, plus a $10,000 fine?