The NBA said Monday that it is in the process of gathering more information after the veteran point guard Rajon Rondo allegedly threatened a woman with a gun at her home last week.
The woman filed for an emergency protective order against Rondo on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. The order was granted later that day.
It was alleged that Rondo and a boy were playing video games on Wednesday when he was asked to ‘fold’ dress clothes. Rondo reacted angrily, according to the woman, ripping the game console off the wall and smashing various items around the house, leaving the boy and another boy upset.
The woman alleges that Rondo told her “you’re dead” before leaving the house, only to return shortly after, this time with a gun and demanding to see one of the children. The woman said she got scared by the situation, so she carried the boy downstairs and Rondo carried the boy outside, allegedly while she was still holding the gun, as he yelled at her. She then demanded to see the other boy as well, and she too left, as Rondo yelled at them both for being afraid of her, the woman alleged.
According to the copy obtained by ESPN, the woman called former interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Yvette Gentry, who eventually arrived at the home. However, the woman said that Rondo would not allow Gentry to enter. The woman said that she locked herself in the house with the children, and Gentry eventually told her that Rondo was gone and that she had her gun.
The woman filed for the protective order Friday, saying she feared for the children’s safety and that Rondo has a history of “volatile, erratic behavior [y] explosive”.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN’s Malika Andrews that the league is aware of what allegedly happened and is “in the process of gathering more information.” Messages left by ESPN for Rondo’s representatives were not immediately returned.
TMZ Sports, which first detailed the allegations on Monday, reported that Rondo has not been named a suspect in any criminal reports related to what allegedly happened “at this time.”
Rondo, who is from Louisville and played college at Kentucky, just finished his 16th NBA season. The four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion played 18 games for the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January. In 21 games with the Cavs he averaged 6.2 points and 4.9 assists.
Information from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was used in the note.
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Woman alleges Rondo threatened her with a firearm