The controversy over just how Rajon Rondo broke his hand, which should be nicknamed "TrampGate" but probably won't be, has entered its fourth day. And on Day 4, as these things usually go, the trampoline park manager has spoken.
Last week, Rondo told the Celtics the broken metacarpal in his right hand happened in a fall in his shower on Thursday. That's totally feasible—people fall in showers all the time—but something that mundane doesn't sit right, especially so close to the start of training camp. (Think Jeff Kent "washing his car.")
It certainly didn't help that a photo emerged of Rondo, also on Thursday, at an indoor trampoline park in the Boston suburbs.
The Celtics were quick to announce that they believed Rondo's account—a little too quick, if you're of a suspicious bent. A star player, who seems perpetually at odds with his coaches and management, suffers a big injury the same day he visits "one of the largest indoor trampoline parks in the state...with 15,000 square feet of interconnected wall to wall trampolines and attractions?" A fine coincidence.
But a pair of employees at the Altitude Trampoline Park, in Billerica, Mass., swear nothing happened. They said Rondo didn't even jump on the trampolines, which is a pretty lame thing to do at a trampoline park. Altitude's co-owner even released a statement to WEEI:
"In regards to Rajon Rondo's visit to Altitude in Billerica on Thursday the only comment we have is that he was here with his children and his children were the only members of his party that enjoyed jumping, climbing and our battle beam pit. He did not attract much attention as he only sat on a couch and watched his children enjoy our park's activities. He appreciated our professional staff and allowed a few pictures to be taken. He left with no injuries or incident."
The day of the trampoline park visit matters—the various park employees say it was Thursday, the day Rondo ostensibly injured himself, while the Celtics front office initially claimed they were told Rondo had gone on Tuesday.
Rondo will need six to eight weeks of recovery before he can go back on the trampolines.