15 Seconds of Fight

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Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers are suspended without pay, along with the Houston Rocket’s Chris Paul for an on court fight   Sunday.

What lead up to the fight was James Harden of the Rockets being fouled by Ingram. Harden shoved Ingram in return and confronted the referee. As this played out, Paul and Rondo stormed up to each other and got into each other’s faces. After the fight, both Paul and Rondo said that the other spit on him, which was the start of their fight. Paul then pushed Rondo in the face, with Rondo retaliating with two attempted punches to Paul’s face. Paul tried to strike back with a swing at Rondo, but they were separated by both teams.

The league says Ingram was suspended for “aggressively escalating the alternation, throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting Paul in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Harden.” Rondo was suspended for “instigating a physical alternation with Paul, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at him”. Both Ingram and Paul will start their suspensions during the 10/22/18 game against the San Antonio Spurs. Paul however, was suspended for “poking at and making contact with Rondo’s face and throwing punches at him.”

Paul will be fined a total of $491,782. Rondo will be fined a total of $186,207, and Ingram will be fined a total of $158,816.