The NBA has handed down suspensions to Los Angeles Lakers players Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, as well as Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul, for their getting engaged in a fistfight during their game at the Staples Center on Saturday night.
The players threw punches after Rondo spit in Paul's face. But Ingram's shove on James Harden after fouling him was the reason for the initial confrontation.
It was expected that the trio would receive suspensions ahead of the Rockets' clash with the Los Angeles Clippers. And the NBA has since announced their decision, handing Ingram a four-game ban without pay.
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Rondo is also suspended for three games without pay while Paul has been banned for two games and won't be paid either.
An official statement from the league reads: "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. The suspensions were announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
"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.
"Paul will begin serving his suspension tonight when the Rockets face the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Ingram and Rondo will begin serving their suspensions on Mon., Oct 22, when the Lakers host the San Antonio Spurs."
This certainly isn't a good look for the NBA, especially with the season only just getting started. But they have wasted little time dishing out punishment to the players involved, who will have very little to complain about.