Former NBA champion Rajon Rondo arrested on drug and firearm charges in Southern Indiana

The NBA star pulled over for a traffic infraction as Rondo's black 2022 Tesla came under scrutiny following reports of erratic driving on I-65 South between Indianapolis and Louisville

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Former champion and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was apprehended by Indiana State Police for suspected misdemeanor drug and firearm offenses on Sunday. The 37-year-old, a two-time NBA champion known for his stellar career, faced legal troubles during a traffic stop in Jackson County.

According to the press release from the police, the NBA star pulled over for a traffic infraction as Rondo's black 2022 Tesla came under scrutiny following reports of erratic driving on I-65 South between Indianapolis and Louisville. A state trooper, detecting the smell of marijuana, initiated a search leading to the discovery of a weapon, drug paraphernalia, and potential marijuana.

Following the arrest, Rondo was promptly released from the Jackson County Jail after posting bond. A family member facilitated the release of a minor who was present in Rondo's vehicle at the time of the incident. The Jackson County Superior Court has scheduled Rondo's initial court appearance for February 27.

What are the previous legal issues with Rajon Rondo?

This recent arrest follows previous legal issues for Rondo, including a non-contact court order issued in August, restricting his possession of a handgun. The order was the second of its kind, with the first issued in 2022 after a Louisville woman accused Rondo of making threats and requested counseling and anger management classes. The emergency protective order was revoked in June 2022, but another was filed in March 2023, and ultimately settled in August with a legally binding agreement.

Who is NBA champion Rajon Rondo?

Rajon Rondo had a remarkable career spanning 16 seasons in the NBA. He returned to his home state of Kentucky to play for the Kentucky Wildcats after starting his high school career in Louisville. His NBA journey included stints with notable teams such as Dallas Mavericks (2015), Sacramento Kings (2015–16), Chicago Bulls (2016–17), New Orleans Pelicans (2017–2018), Atlanta Hawks (2020–21), Los Angeles Clippers (2020–21), Cleveland Cavaliers (2021–22), and Los Angeles Lakers (2018–2020, 2021-22). He played for most of his career with the Celtics (2006-2015).

Rondo won NBA championships with the Celtics in 2008 and the Lakers in 2020, earning four All-Star selections during his illustrious career.