NBA suspends Kings' Rondo for actions during game in Mexico


SACRAMENTO -- The NBA announced on Friday afternoon that they have suspended Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo for one game without pay for using “a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.”

The suspension stems from the Kings game in Mexico City last week against the Boston Celtics. The 29-year-old All-Star initially picked up a technical for chirping at official Bill Kennedy at the 6:30 mark of the third quarter. Seconds later, Kennedy hit Rondo with a second tech for staring him down. At that point, Rondo lost his cool and had to be held back by his teammates.

Rondo currently leads the NBA in assists at 11.0 per game and his four triple-doubles ranks first overall as well. He signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract in the offseason with the Kings after playing for both the Mavericks and Celtics last season.

Sacramento is riding a two game win streak and Rondo has been a big reason for the recent success. He is averaging 12.6 points, 11.0 assists and 6.9 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game. Rondo will miss Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Veteran Darren Collison will likely start in his place. 

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