Former NBA champion and seasoned point guard Rajon Rondo found himself in legal trouble over the weekend, as he was arrested in Indiana for unlawful possession of a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana, according to reports from WDRB in Indiana.
The charges against Rondo, who enjoyed a 16-season career in the NBA, are all misdemeanours. The incident unfolded when Rondo was pulled over in Jackson County, Indiana, for a traffic violation. During the stop, a trooper detected the odour of marijuana, leading to a search of Rondo’s vehicle.
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles confirmed that the search revealed Rondo owned a firearm, a “personal use” amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Notably, Rondo is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a no-contact court order.
Following his arrest, Rondo was transported to the Jackson County Bail. Wheeles stated that Rondo promptly posted the bond, although it remains unclear when he will be arraigned.
This isn’t the first time Rondo has encountered legal issues. In 2022, an emergency protective order was filed against him in Louisville, Kentucky, which was later dismissed after the involved parties reached an agreement. The request for the protection order alleged that Rondo had threatened the petitioner with a gun, sparking concerns for her children’s safety. The petitioner also cited Rondo’s history of “volatile, erratic (and) explosive behaviour.”
During his illustrious NBA career, Rondo made significant contributions to multiple teams. Notably, he played a pivotal role in helping the Boston Celtics secure the NBA championship in the 2007-08 season. He added another title to his resume with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019-20.
Throughout his career, Rondo earned a reputation as a talented playmaker, leading the league in assists three times. His impressive stats include averaging 9.8 points and 7.9 assists per game, along with four consecutive All-Star appearances from 2010 to 2013.
Rondo’s arrest marks a troubling chapter for the former NBA star, whose on-court achievements now share the spotlight with legal challenges. As the situation unfolds, fans and observers await further developments regarding Rondo’s legal proceedings.
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