Rajon Rondo sued for assault; attorney disputes claim

The Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo beats Phoenix Suns' Jevon Carter to score a basket on February 10, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo beats Phoenix Suns' Jevon Carter to score a basket on February 10, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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Via the Hawks, Rondo’s attorney, Mark D. Baute, released a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in response: “The case is meritless. I have seen the videotape. Mr. Rondo was polite throughout the encounter, the claimant was not wearing a mask and was unstable and rude. We look forward to defending the case and winning.”

Per TMZ, the woman who filed the lawsuit, Toktam Jorshari, claims she has video of the incident and said she lives in the same apartment building in Los Angeles as Rondo’s girlfriend. Rondo played for the Lakers until the Hawks acquired him in free agency in November.

Jorshari, TMZ reports, is suing both Rondo and his girlfriend “for assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress, and conspiracy,” and is “seeking unspecified damages in excess of $1 million.”

According to the outlet, Jorshari alleges in the lawsuit that on July 28, Rondo parked his car in a handicapped parking space at the apartment complex, but his car didn’t have the handicapped placard. She said she had parked in the spot next to his car in order to unload a table she had just bought, which blocked access to the driver’s side of Rondo’s car.

When Rondo discovered that his car was blocked, he allegedly “flew off the handle,” according to the lawsuit, TMZ reported, and she also alleges that he “with an extended arm, pushed and shoved (Jorshari) against her vehicle.”

She claims that Rondo’s girlfriend “proceeded to repeatedly physically attack (Jorshari) by striking her in the area of her head and upper body,” per TMZ, and claims that she didn’t fight back, also claiming that Rondo gave the “green light” for his girlfriend to do so. Jorshari alleges she was physically injured, with some injuries leading to “permanent disability.”

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