NBA: Lakers' Rondo fined $35K for Schroder incident

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Posted at Nov 24 2019 10:12 AM

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) is ejected from the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alonzo Adams, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo was fined $35,000 for "making unsportsmanlike physical contact" with Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder as well as two other offenses in Friday night's game against the Thunder, the NBA announced Saturday.

Rondo thrust his right knee into Schroder's groin area early in the fourth quarter of the contest and was called for a flagrant 2 foul. In the aftermath, he verbally abused official Ed Malloy and failed to leave the court in a timely manner after bein

Rondo expressed his displeasure prior to Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, saying the way Malloy pointed at him was "disrespectful."

"I guess the saying free speech doesn't apply to everybody," Rondo told reporters.

Asked if he regretted his remarks to Malloy, Rondo replied: "Absolutely not."

The 33-year-old Rondo is averaging 7.2 points and 5.6 assists in five games this season. He missed the start of the season due to a calf injury.

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