The Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram and the Houston Rockets’ point guard Chris Paul received suspensions from the NBA on Sunday referencing an on-court fight Saturday at the Staples Center.
Ingram received a four-game suspension without pay, Rondo three games without pay, while Paul was banned for two games without pay.
With 4:13 left in the fourth quarter and the Rockets up by one point at 109-108, Ingram fouled James Harden as the Rockets star drove to the basket. As Ingram burst out at harden, with only the official separating the two, point guards Paul, and Rondo had a battle of their own.
Records show Rondo spitting in Paul’s face. Paul then pointed a finger in Rondo’s face. Rondo was the first to react with a punch, a hood that hit Paul’s right cheek. Paul then responded by throwing punches of his own. Ingram then infiltrated the fist fight with a wild punch.
Ingram, Paul, and Rondo all were rejected.
The NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe, was present during the game. He led the investigation of the incident, interviewing participants and witnesses, ESPN reported.
VanDeWeghe disclosed in a statement succeeding the match: “Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden. Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him.”
The Rockets are left without their starting point guard on Sunday night at Staples Center to meet Paul’s former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. In addition to that, Paul will miss a Wednesday game facing the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center.
Meanwhile, Ingram is due to miss two games against the San Antonio Spurs, a road game against the Phoenix Suns, a Thursday home game with the Denver Nuggets. Rondo will miss one game against the Spurs, and the following matches vs the Suns and the Nuggets.
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