In support of former-Celtic Rajon Rondo in Kyrie Irving's latest injury

Because this incident involved two former Celtics players, I took a closer look at Kyrie Irving re-injuring his jaw this morning when his Nets took on the Lakers in exhibition. Even though some news feeds and tweets seem to indicate the Lakers' Rajon Rondo caused the re-injury to Irving's face, that may not be totally correct.


An announcer in the video states, "He (Kyrie) leaned into Rondo's shoulder" - which appears on close examination to be the case. Irving was wearing a protective mask at the time of the contact due to a previous facial injury. I ask the question, why was Irving even playing if the original injury made his jaw so vulnerable. I also ask why Rondo was made the villain once again by some.


Rondo is an intense competitor. He plays hard, and he plays to win. I had written previously about a #SpitGate incident where Rondo supposedly spit on Chris Paul. I proposed a Second-Spitter Theory implicating Carmelo Anthony, and even broached the "Inadvertent Flying Phlegm" idea. In the end, I chose the latter theory, releasing Rondo from further blame, at least by me. Anyone can produce a Spittle Surge while angered.


So, once again Rondo is vindicated. He inflicted no harm, and we hope that Kyrie's mishap is minor and he will be back in action very soon. We will simply label this incident as the Facial Farce and move on.

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