Stephen A.-Rajon Rondo feud brewing after locker-room curse
At least he didn’t get spit on.
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith claimed on “First Take” Thursday morning that Rajon Rondo cursed him out in the Lakers’ locker room following their victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
“Mr. Rondo directed a very disrespectful comment my way,” Smith said at the open of the show. “He didn’t say it by name, but I was standing right next to him. I just kept my head down out of respect to the Los Angeles Lakers because I didn’t want to make a scene. No. 2, I stand by my proclamation that he deserved a 15-game suspension for spitting in the face of Chris Paul.”
The dispute, according to Smith, goes back to his assertion that Rondo spit on Rockets guard Chris Paul during the Rockets-Lakers melee on Oct. 20. Rondo has strongly denied spitting even though the NBA, which suspended him three games, and video evidence seem to back it up.
Smith has a history of publicly feuding with NBA players, namely Kevin Durant and J.R. Smith. And from ESPN’s Los Angeles studios, he wanted to make it clear to Rondo that he should not take his face-to-face silence as a sign of weakness.
“I’ve never said anything, always been a fan of Rondo’s, we disagree on this particular issue because I do believe he did spit in Chris Paul’s face,” Smith said. “But I never said anything about why he left Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Sacramento. The list goes on and on. Any time he’s willing to have a big man conversation cause I do respect for him… I am not running from everyone.”
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