Rajon Rondo has just finished his 16th NBA season, but he’s making headlines for another reason.
The 36-year-old basketball star has been accused of threatening his former partner and mother of his children with a gun, TMZ reports. The same outlet states Rondo has not been named as a suspect in any crime by authorities and has not been arrested, although his ex-girlfriend has been granted temporary custody of their children.
Rondo is no longer with his former partner, Ashley Bachelor, and is now in a relationship with Latoia Fitzgerald, who has yet to address the allegations against the NBA player.
Here’s everything we know about Rajon Rondo’s current girlfriend.
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Who is Latoia Fitzgerald, Rajon Rondo’s current girlfriend?
Latoia Fitzgerald, the current girlfriend of NBA star Rajon Rondo, is a fashion designer, best known for her line Lionne.
Fitzgerald launched Lionne in 2018 and it quickly became a well-known collection among fashion fans. “Lionne received a lot of positive publicity. As a black female-owned business, I’m grateful because a lot more people are now aware of my brand,” she shared.
The 35-year-old credits her love of fashion to her upbringing, telling Essence she was raised in a creative household. “My mom made clothing and home decor for everyone in the neighbourhood. I remember trips to the fabric store and arts and crafts store as a child. I fell in love with making clothes when I was 12.”
According to Meaww, Fitzgerald first went public with her relationship with Rajon Rondo in 2020 when images of the couple went viral.
The fashion designer has since shared a handful of photos of Rondo on her Instagram, which boasts more than 230k followers.
In September 2021, Latoia posted a photo of her and Rajon on the beach, writing: “This love runs deep.”
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NBA star was previously in a relationship with Ashley Bachelor
Prior to his relationship with Latoia Fitzgerald, Rajon Rondo dated Ashley Bachelor, who is also the mother of his children.
According to Player Wives, Bachelor and Rondo met in Kentucky when at college in 2005, and reportedly became engaged in 2010.
The NBA player and Ashley welcomed first child Ryelle Rondo in 2008, followed by second-born Rajon Rondo Jr, who has appeared multiple times at basketball games to celebrate his father’s career.
Allegations against Rajon Rondo explained
As reported by TMZ, Rajon Rondo’s former partner Ashley Bachelor has alleged the sportsman pulled a gun on her.
Rondo has not been arrested or charged, although Bachelor was reportedly granted an emergency protective order. The Louisiana judge also ordered Rondo to temporarily turn over his firearms to the court.
The court’s granting of an emergency protective order doesn’t indicate justification of the claims made. It is a temporary order until both parties can get before a judge and argue the merits of a protective order.
The NBA is reportedly aware of the alleged incident.
Rondo has not addressed the accusations.
The Focus has reached out to Rajon Rondo and Latoia Fitzgerald for comment.