Can Rajon Rondo be a peacemaker?
Chances are, you never expected to hear this question asked. Ever. Not today, not tomorrow or on any other day in your life.
If you ask Rondo, though, that's exactly what he strives to be.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Rondo was one of the many Boston Celtics members to comment on the recent spat between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, a war of words which spilled into the parking lot.
Rondo was asked what his role was in what some are labeling a near brawl.
"...I’m a nice guy. I was pretty comfortable. I didn’t want anything to happen to the big fella. I had my teammate's back," said Rondo. "Nobody was looking for a fight or anything. We just tried to break it up and I wanted to be there for my teammate. Just because I got suspended doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. Why can’t I be a peacemaker?"
Why can't he?
For those who are unfamiliar with the situation, Garnett and Anthony were entangled in a physical battle on the court. Tensions boiled over and 'Melo made his way toward the team bus upon the game's conclusion.
The Celtics' team bus.
Those who separated the two from a physical confrontation included police and security officers. Well, them and one familiar face that was nothing short of surprising to see.
The suspended Rajon Rondo.
Rondo had the following to say about the incident, per Forsberg.
"Oh man, I get suspended for a phone hang-up and people just get away with anything in this league," said Rondo.
A reporter then noted that Anthony earned a similar one-game ban for confronting Kevin Garnett outside the Celtics' bus in New York.
"Oh my goodness, so that’s the same thing, huh?" quipped Rondo.
Love him or hate him, Rondo has a point.
To be fair, this was the second time Rondo has been suspended in 2012-13 (via USA Today). The first came after Rondo was involved in a scuffle of his own.
Rondo and Kris Humphries spilled into the crowd during a shoving match.
The fight transpired after Humphries committed a hard foul on Garnett. Rondo retaliated by defending his teammate and exerting his will on the much bigger player.
By this logic, Rondo would have done the same had Carmelo Anthony been able to reach KG during their parking lot showdown.
Fortunately, Rondo appears to have cooled down and learned how to properly handle this type of situation. Instead of allowing things to get ugly, he let cooler heads prevail.
After years of Rondo proving to be the hottest head in the NBA, he appears to have finally understood what it means to be a professional athlete. Beyond the top tier performances, there is a need for an image to be upheld.
An image that can be categorized as that of a "role model."
With this course of action, Rondo has displayed a split between that role model status and his uncanny ability to fit the "bad boy" label. From the justified criticism of his suspension to the defense of his teammates, Rondo seems to have it down.
In turn, he displayed the signs of a peacemaker. Even if we never believed he could fill that role.
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