Lakers Rumors: Rajon Rondo, Organization Maintaining He Didn’t Spit On Chris Paul

Lakers Rumors: Rajon Rondo, Organization Maintaining He Didn’t Spit On Chris Paul

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After dropping their season opener to the Portland Trail Blazers, excitement was abound Saturday night as the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Houston Rockets in their first home game of the 2018-19 NBA season.

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LeBron James said he, the team and fans alike were all looking forward to the matchup, but by the end of the night that wound up being a subplot. A foul call on Brandon Ingram led to him shoving James Harden out of frustration and that sparked a full-on fight.

Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul threw punches at one another, and as they were being separated, Ingram entered the fray and landed a right hook on Paul’s face. What ignited the incident was unclear.

In the time since, it’s been alleged Rondo spit on Paul, which the the Lakers’ point guard vehemently denies, per Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Rondo’s stance is one the Lakers also have after watching video of the fight, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Ingram, Rondo and Paul were all ejected from the game. Each also faces suspension, which could be rendered as early as Sunday. While the Lakers are off, the Rockets are due to face the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back.