Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Rajon Rondo Appears to Spit in Chris Paul's Face

Rajon Rondo Appears to Spit in Chris Paul's Face

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has been suspended four games without pay, Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended three games without pay, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been suspended two games without pay, for their roles in an on-court altercation with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 124-115 win over the Lakers on October 20 at Staples Center.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 124-115 win in LeBron James's home debut at the Staples Center, Ingram was called for a foul on James Harden and pushed the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player after the whistle. Rajon Rondo was suspended three games, and Chris Paul received a two-game suspension. The two were face-to-face after a scrum had formed over a previous technical foul, and Paul says Rondo spit in his face during the exchange.

The game had to be stopped for over 10 minutes.

The saliva portion of the brawl involved Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo and Rockets point guard Chris Paul.

After the game, Rondo insisted he didn't spit at Paul. "You don't do that to nobody - in sports, on the street".

Harden also backed his teammate. "It is what it is".

The Lakers dispute the spitting allegations, noting that Rondo was wearing a mouthguard during Saturday's game. Paul obviously disagreed and said he was, in fact, spit on by Rondo.

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are expected to be pressed into larger roles while Rondo and Ingram serve their respective suspensions.

It was already a insane night in Staples Center with LeBron having his first official home game in front of a ruckus Los Angeles Lakers crowd that was ready for this new era.

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