Video obtained by The Athletic clearly shows Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo spitting on Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during the Rockets' 124-115 road win Saturday. Paul was handed a two-game ban, while Lakers forward Brandon Ingram was issued a four-game suspension for "instigating the overall incident" and throwing a punch during the melee.
A skirmish broke out involving a number of players, including Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, who were seen having words face to face.
The Rockets are staying in LA to play the Clippers on Sunday night, and Houston coach Mike D'Antoni laughed at the possibility of a suspension for CP3. Rondo will be docked a total of US$186,207, while Ingram's total is US$158,816. They double as two of the team's best playmakers, capable of creating shots for themselves and others and replacing them for Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs would be no easy task.
"It doesn't many any sense to me but it's a hard situation, I understand that but I don't think it's equitable". The next thing you know, Paul puts his finger in Rondo's face, and then mayhem quickly ensues.
A technical foul was immediately issued to Ingram, which is when Paul wandered over in Rondo's direction.
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"Just get spit on and take a punch in the face and say, "Well that's okay". Rondo could get a two-game suspension instead of one, which Paul and Brandon Ingram will most likely get.
It was easy to predict that the Los Angeles Lakers would get off to a slow start and that it will take time for the players to get accustomed to one another.
"(We are) sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this. An on-court brawl in the pivotal final minutes of a close game between the Lakers and the Houston Rockets all but marred James' debut, though ESPN won't complain as the primetime game gave the network its best rating for an opening-week National Basketball Association matchup since 2014.
- Rondo spit on a guy.