Rondo replaces boy's jersey pierced by bullet
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Celtics star stepped in to help a little boy shake the terrifying close call that happened to him while wearing his Celtics jersey.
“Rondo was just laid back, just a normal guy,” said Sharon Jackson, Preston Stevens’ mother.
Rajon Rondo surprised 9-year-old Preston Stevens at a game, replacing the Rondo jersey that has a bullet hole in it, after shots came through Preston's bedroom wall last week.
“The bullet came really fast then went right here and I backed up,” Preston said.
Amazingly, Preston wasn't hurt, and so many people are ready to celebrate his good luck. The owner of a local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise got Preston and his family tickets to a game, and Rondo gave them all jerseys and sneakers.
But Rondo did ask for something in return.
“They love him, we look up to him. But it was so amazing and my daughter made him a banner and he asked for her autograph and my son’s autograph and he took it,” said Jackson.
Preston’s mother says the unexpected outpouring of support is helping her son cope.
“I watched him sleep last night and he seemed so at peace. I’m thinking we're on our way to recovery,” Jackson said.
The family is still staying with relatives because they are scared to be in their own home. Police don’t' have any leads on who fired the shots.