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 Oct. 20 at Staples Center.
Sources: NBA suspensions – Brandon Ingram 4 games; Rajon Rondo 3 games; Chris Paul 2 games.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 21, 2018
Paul’s accusations, and video evidence point to Rondo starting the fight by spitting at CP3. After being spit on, Paul places his finger in Rondo’s face, causing the Laker to swing and catch his opponent in the side of the head. After being caught with a flurry of punches, Paul gets in a shot of his own as he catches Rondo with an uppercut. As the teammates around them attempt to stop the fight, Ingram doubles back and throws a punch into the fight, catching Paul off-guard. LeBron James hops in at that point and grabs Paul, moving him out of the area of conflict.
Ingram deserved a couple of games for the wild punch he threw, but tacking on two more games because he supposedly instigated the whole thing by pushing Harden and coming crazy at a ref is unfair. Ingram isn’t the reason Rondo spit at CP3. Giving Ingram extra time because the situation got out of hand is punishing him for the crimes of others.