Who is Rajon Rondo's girlfriend Latoia Fitzgerald? Couple sued for $1M for allegedly punching woman in parking lot
The lawsuit alleges that Rondo and Fitzgerald confronted Toktam Jorshari in a parking garage and shouted vulgarities at her because they thought her car was parked too close to Rondo’s
Atlanta Hawks player Rajon Rando and his girlfriend Latoia Fitzgerald are in legal trouble after a woman named, Toktam Jorshari is suing them for punching her after an altercation that happened on July 28, 2020. The couple is facing accusations involving assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy. Rando and Fitzgerald allegedly started dating this year and Fitzgerald's social media suggests, the growing love between the two.
The lawsuit filed by Jorshari alleges that the couple confronted her in a parking lot at their LA apartment complex and yelled vulgarities at her because they thought her car was parked too close to Rondo’s. The prosecution 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 the video of the incident, where Jorshari can be seen entering the parking lot and having an animated conversation with Rondo and Fitzgerald. At one point, Fitzgerald got on her phone and at that time Jorshari got close to her and seemed to yell something. Rondo then seemed to put his elbow into the woman's body and push her into the front of her car. Later, Fitzgerald can be seen throwing several punches at Jorshari, who never appeared to fight back.
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." Baute also said that Rondo’s car “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. "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."
In a written statement to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, December 23, 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.”
Rondo opened up about his relationship with Fitzgerald in October when pictures from the duo's Maldives trip went viral. The pictures displayed how the 34-year-old enjoyed his time after emerging from the NBA bubble victorious. Rondo’s girlfriend, Latoia Fitzgerald, shared the photos on her Instagram and they quickly made their way around social media. Have a look at the pictures:
Rajon Rondo living that Lakers Champ life. pic.twitter.com/FASpBEjfLO— 🏀 (@dribblecity) October 28, 2020
Fitzgerald also poured love on her beau, by giving a touching shoutout to him on Instagram following the Lakers winning the title on October 12, "Congratulations babe! Two rings with two of the biggest franchises in the nba! A Gem! A leader! A true boss! #Lakers.
Fitzgerald has a successful clothing company of her own, Lionne. Most recently, Lionne launched its latest collection, Royal Blood. Staying true to the brand’s DNA, Fitzgerald updates wardrobe staples while upgrading her tailoring techniques and color selection. Launched in 2018, Lionne has become an emerging luxury fashion line. The apparels range in style but gives a sultry aesthetic that includes lace, cutouts and sheer moments. “Keeping queens in mind,” the website reads. In an interview with Essence, she opened up about her love for fashion and said, "I’ve always loved fashion. I was raised in a creative household. My mom made clothing and home decor for everyone in the neighborhood. 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. The first thing I learned how to make was a pair of pants. As a teenager, I took hours to get ready because I played dress up every time I got dressed. "