Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo was making an appearance at a nightclub when he was attacked at a nightclub! Officers called a flagrant foul on a 31-year-old Boston man who police say took a swing at Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo early Sunday during an appearance at a downtown dance hall.
There were no free throws in Lowell, though, just a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for Eric Valarezo. Officers working details and patrolmen assigned downtown were already at Brian’s Ivy Hall as a packed event featuring Rondo began to empty out.
Officer Michael Kandrotas noticed a scuffle, and learned that someone “took a fighting stance and threw a punch” at the Celtics all-star and his entourage, which included fellow NBA players Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, former Celtic Nate Robinson and Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Police and Kevin Hayhurst, co-owner of Brian’s Ivy Hall, said members of Rondo’s entourage wrestled Valarezo to the ground. A police report indicates Valarezo continued to resist when officers arrived, but was soon arrested and led from the building.
Hayhurst was unsure what prompted the scuffle. But he said Rondo was “unpersonable” and “disrespectful toward patrons.” Wow! Rondo was back in Boston last night, playing in a charity basketball game with Smith, Gay, Celtics teammate Paul Pierce and others, according to the Associated Press.
He and other NBA players are in a lockout due to a labor dispute with the NBA that has endangered the 2011-12 season.
What do you think…did Rondo provoke this dude?