Rajon Rondo and his girlfriend sued for $1 million over July fight in a parking garage

Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo and his girlfriend, Latoia Fitzgerald, face accusations involving assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles District Court. 

The lawsuit alleges that Rondo and Fitzgerald confronted Toktam Jorshari on July 28 in a parking garage at their LA apartment complex and shouted vulgarities at her because they thought her car was parked too close to Rondo’s. The lawsuit claims that Rondo parked his car in a handicapped space.

According to the lawsuit, Jorshari is seeking at least $1 million in damages, claiming she has suffered “great mental emotional distress, physical and nervous pain and suffering” after alleging that Fitzgerald “proceeded to repeatedly physically attack” her while Rondo watched. 

TMZ obtained a copy of a video that appears to show the incident. Rondo and Fitzgerald are seen separating each other from the plaintiff at different times during an argument with Jorshari. The video ends with Fitzgerald repeatedly punching Jorshari.

The Hawks declined to comment on the lawsuit. Though Rondo joined the Hawks this past offseason, the incident occurred in July, when Rondo was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Atlanta listed Rondo as out for its season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, citing “healthy and safety protocols.”

Rajon Rondo signed with the Atlanta Hawks after playing for the Lakers last season. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

Rondo’s lawyer, Mark. D. Baute, said in a written statement to USA TODAY Sports that Rondo "was able to limit the extent to which the two women fought with each other."

He also noted that Rondo’s car was “was appropriately parked in the handicapped spot while he picked up his girlfriend” since Rondo had been recovering from a surgically repaired right thumb at the time. Then as a member of the Lakers, Rondo left the NBA’s quarantined campus near Orlando to heal at home for nearly eight weeks.

"Rajon Rondo was courteous throughout, and wearing a mask the entire time," Baute said. "The claimant was not wearing a mask during a covid surge, and made a point of getting too close to two other people despite not having her mask on, and then refused to move her vehicle after raising her voice with her mouth open while right next to Mr. Rondo."

Baute added that Rondo "has chosen to defend this lawsuit and win rather than pay to settle a fake claim."

In a written statement to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, Jorshari’s attorneys, Eddie Tehrani and Arnold Gross, said:

“In the NBA, unnecessary and excessive contact is considered a Flagrant 2 foul, which can result in a fine, ejection and possible suspension of a player. Outside the NBA, such conduct is considered an assault and battery. No man should ever put their hands on a woman, especially an NBA basketball player with superior height, and strength. The video speaks for itself.”

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