Close-up video shows Rajon Rondo spit in Chris Paul's face

Calvin Saunders
October 22, 2018

With four minutes and 13 seconds left in the game and the Rockets up 109-108, Brandon Ingram of the Lakers fouled James Harden as the Rockets' star headed for the basket. Rondo and Paul were ejected, while Ingram received a personal foul and two technicals on the play, resulting in his fouling out.

After the game, Rondo insisted he didn't spit at Paul. The NBA confirmed the suspensions shortly after in an official press release. Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA vice president of basketball operations, was at Saturday's game and saw the incident live, and is reportedly helping with the investigation.

The saliva portion of the brawl involved Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo and Rockets point guard Chris Paul. Following the coming together of Paul and Rondo, Ingram ran from half-court and threw a punch in the direction of Paul and P.J. Tucker, but it didn't land flush. The Rockets' point guard alleged Rondo spitting in his face led to a finger being pushed into Rondo's. "You don't do that to nobody - in sports, on the street".

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"I mean, Chris had to stand up for himself", Harden said.

There were also reports that the families of Rondo and Paul clashed after the altercation, with security called to break it up.

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. The Rockets took video of the game from the sidelines, and got a great view of Rondo and Paul during the incident.

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