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Rajon Rondo Reportedly Won't Be Punished for Apparent Trip Attempt vs. Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams gets a hug from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 117-116 in double overtime. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2017

Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo has found himself in the headlines a handful of times this season, but he reportedly avoided a suspension or other punishment for his actions during his team’s 117-116 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.    

Sam Amick of USA Today reported Thursday the NBA elected not to punish Rondo “for his sideline kick toward Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams in the first overtime of their game.”

An anonymous source told Amick of the ruling because the NBA “does not typically announce decisions that don’t result in discipline."

Rondo did not actually play in the game because of a back injury, but he appeared to stick out his leg from the bench and attempt to kick Williams’ foot when the Dallas point guard pump-faked a shot. Dan Feldman of NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk shared a look at the video.

Amick noted that “the NBA’s investigation into the situation included a baseline camera view that, in essence, got Rondo off the hook. The camera angle showed that Rondo swiped his leg sideways and didn’t come as close to making contact with Williams as other angles had made it appear.”

Rondo is averaging 12 points, 11.6 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game for the Kings and is one reason Sacramento is still within striking distance of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Still, he has damaged his reputation the past couple of years, which is one reason his apparent kick toward Williams generated so much attention.

Rondo was suspended earlier in the season for directing homophobic slurs in a Dec. 3 game toward official Bill Kennedy, who revealed that he is gay. Rondo was ejected from the loss to the Boston Celtics for consecutive technical fouls and unleashed his verbal jabs.

He also found himself in troubled waters with the Mavericks during the 2014-15 campaign, when he was actually on the team.

Dallas traded for the point guard in December 2014, but “Rondo and coach Rick Carlisle clashed repeatedly before Rondo was benched in Game 2 of Dallas’ first-round series against the Houston Rockets and left the team for good the next day, purportedly due to a previously undisclosed back injury,” per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

Rondo was also suspended in February of that season after a blowup with Carlisle and averaged 6.5 assists per game, which was his lowest total since the 2007-08 campaign.

Rondo is one of the best distributors in the league and leads the NBA in assists per game this season, but he has repeatedly been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. 

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