Lakers Rockets brawl: NBA is weighing possible suspensions.
The NBA is weighing possible suspensions for the players involved in Saturday night’s brawl between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
With the NBA’s Kiki VanDeWeghe on the scene at Staples, investigation into Rockets-Lakers fight is underway tonight and there is potential for suspensions as soon as Sunday, league source tells ESPN. Rockets play Clippers on a back-to-back.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 21, 2018
Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo came to blows in the contest after a foul was called on the Lakers in the fourth quarter. Paul reportedly felt he was spit on by Rondo—a contention the Lakers have disputed, per Wojnarowski, while the Rockets have backed Paul’s assertion—and thrust his finger into Rondo’s face and neck. Rondo then punched Paul. Brandon Ingram ran in and threw a punch at Paul as well, and other players and coaches raced into to break up the altercation.
The altercation reportedly extended beyond the court. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, “one of Rondo’s family members confronted Paul’s wife, Jada.”
As for Paul’s accusation that Rondo spit on him to start the fight, Rondo is “adamant” that no such action took place and was “livid” at the very suggestion, per Charania. The Lakers also contended that no spitting took place after reviewing the film.
The Rockets claim to have seen something different, however.
“Yeah, that’s unacceptable. You don’t do that to nobody—in sports, on the streets, that’s blatant disrespect right there,” Carmelo Anthony said of the alleged spitting incident, per Omnisport (h/t Yahoo Sports). “That’s unacceptable. You don’t even see that in the streets. I don’t know what else to say about that.”