Enough is enough
I can live with the one-game clip. But if I were dean of discipline, Rajon Rondo also would have to agree to some conditions.
Start with publicly apologizing to official Marc Davis. Acknowledge that you intentionally bumped him. He didn't get in your way, as you pathetically claimed.
Go to some elementary schools and tell the kids that what you did was inexcusable. They look up to you; they're watching you. Why should they respect referees after seeing what you did?
Admit you have an anger problem. You threw a ball at an official's chest in February, drawing a two-game suspension. What is this, European soccer? Cross the line again and you should miss at least 10 games. Enough is enough.
Contact is contact
There doesn't seem to be much room for debate when an NBA player makes contact with an official. A suspension is coming, no matter the excuse from the player or his team.
In this case, it's obvious Rajon Rondo was pursuing referee Marc Davis after earning a technical foul. Rondo may say he tripped or that the contact was inadvertent or whatever, but contact is contact and there's no doubt he let his emotions get the best of him.
So a one-game suspension seems about right. And really, the bigger question surrounding this story is why Rondo unraveled with his Celtics making a run against the Hawks.
His outburst cost the Celtics a chance to win Game 1 against the Hawks and it could very well prevent them from winning Game 2. The guy needs to grow up.
Slap on the wrist
A one-game suspension for bumping an official?