The NBA said Monday it was gathering more information after veteran point guard Rajon Rondo allegedly threatened a woman with a gun in 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.
His allegations were made in the EPO’s complaint.
In it, she alleged that Rondo and a child were playing video games on Wednesday when she asked the child to separate the laundry. Rondo reacted angrily, according to the woman, ripping the game console from the wall and smashing several objects around the house, leaving the boy and another child upset.
The woman alleges 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 was scared of the situation, so she brought the child downstairs, and Rondo pulled the child outside, allegedly while still holding the gun, as he shouted at it. He then demanded to see the other child as well, and she also walked out, as Rondo yelled at both of them to be afraid of him, the woman claimed.
According to EPO obtained by ESPN, the woman called former Louisville Metro Acting Police Chief Yvette Gentry, who eventually arrived at the house. However, the woman said Rondo would not allow Gentry to enter. The woman said she locked herself in the house with the kids, and Gentry eventually told her Rondo was gone and she had his gun.
The woman filed for a protective order on Friday, saying she feared for the children’s safety and that Rondo had a history of “volatile, erratic [and] explosive behavior.”
The order was granted later Friday, with a judge saying Rondo must stay at least 500 feet away from the woman and children and must temporarily turn over all firearms to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
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 as a suspect in any criminal complaint related to what allegedly happened “at this time.”
Rondo, who hails from Louisville and played collegiate at Kentucky, just completed his 16th NBA season. The four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion played 18 games with the Los Angeles Lakers before a January trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 21 games for the Cavs, he averaged 6.2 points and 4.9 assists.
Information from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was used in this report.