ATLANTA -- Rajon Rondo said that he didn't mean to bump referee Marc Davis and that his momentum carried him into the official Sunday night. The incident occurred with 41 seconds left in the Celtics' 83-74 loss to the Hawks after Davis called Brandon Bass for a foul. Rondo argued the call and got the first technical foul, then made contact with the official and was ejected.
"Obviously I was upset about the call," Rondo said. "I said some words to Marc. I deserved the first tech. As I was walking, I thought he stopped. My momentum carried me into him. I even think I tripped on his foot. I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him. But that’s what it appears to be."
This is how the rule is worded according to the NBA:
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.
Asked whether he was concerned about getting suspended, Rondo said, "It’s out of my control. Obviously I want to be there for my teammates. But other than that I have no control right now."
Rondo said that coach Doc Rivers told him to keep his composure and his teammates told him the same thing.
"They all thought I was obviously in the wrong," Rondo said. "It may seem like I bumped him, but like I said, I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him. I know the rules. Like I said, my momentum carried me into him. I thought he stopped."
A suspension would likely be announced on Monday. Game 2 is Tuesday. Rondo was suspended for two games earlier this season after he threw a ball at referee Sean Wright.
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