Is this the spitting video that incriminates Rajon Rondo?

Doug Mendoza
October 22, 2018

James scored 24 points, but Paul, Ingram and Rajon Rondo all were ejected after trading blows late in the Rockets' 124-115 win Saturday night.

The fight kicked off when Ingram shoved Rockets guard James Harden after conceding a technical foul. Paul thrust his finger into Rondo's face and neck, which Rondo responded to by punching Paul in the face. That started it. CP3 was the instigator. Ingram got just four games for his initial instigation and giant, loping punch toward Paul.

D'Antoni says the suspension for his point guard wasn't "equitable" and that he doesn't agree with anything close to what was levied to Paul.

James, who stepped in to help break up the melee, said he did not see what caused the brawl, which the Rockets said started when Rondo spit in Paul's face. He began serving his suspension Sunday night (Monday NZT) and wasn't at the arena when the Rockets played the Clippers.

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Rondo insists his actions were triggered by Paul's strike and maintains he did not spit on his rival, arguing his mouthguard made it hard for any spitting to be intentional.

Lebron James 1st official game in Los Angeles ended on a sour note for several reasons. The video appears to conclusively show saliva coming out of Rondo's mouth, Paul flinching and putting his hand to his face, before he shoved Rondo's face, to which Rondo replied with a punch. In the heat of the moment, when somebody does that, I mean that's tough. Rondo and Ingram practiced Sunday but did not talk with reporters. National Basketball Association fights rarely get serious enough for the punches thrown by the principals in this brouhaha, and league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe was actually in attendance.

"That is unacceptable. You don't do that. I think I'm going to leave it at that".

There have been longer suspensions in recent years, but none for an on-court altercation than what Ingram got.

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