The sport of Basketball today took a big black eye after a wild brawl erupted between Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It began after James Harden was fouled while driving the lane by Brandon Ingram. This led to Ingram being upset with Harden afterward, so he shoved the reigning MVP.
As the two began to exchange words it was Paul who put his hand in the face of Rondo and pushed him away, only for Rondo to retaliate with a flurry of punches.
A left hook from Rondo landed clean before Paul got his own back with a right hand that looked like it hit flush on the face of Rondo.
Brandon Ingram wasn’t done and rushed back into throwing wild punches before the wild altercation was broken up by the officials and security.
Once it all calmed down and the teams were separated, the officials looked back over the footage before ejecting Ingram, Rondo, and Paul.
Twitter erupted after the wild brawl and social media went frenzy:
Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo have been ejected after throwing blows in L.A. pic.twitter.com/s28TT81eys
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2018
Sources: Lakers officials watched tape and are backing Rajon Rondo’s contention that he didn’t spit on Chris Paul. Meanwhile, CP3 and Rockets are insisting that Rondo did spit. “Lot of history between them,” one source connected to both players says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 21, 2018
This led to Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo all being ejected
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 21, 2018
Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram all ejected after Lakers-Rockets brawl.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 21, 2018
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) October 21, 2018
Chris Paul was still so angry after the game, multiple individuals said, because a member of Rajon Rondo's family made "inappropriate" comments to Paul's wife, Jada, in the stands after the altercation.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 21, 2018
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Along with Chris Paul/Rajon Rondo altercation in Lakers-Rockets, one of Rondo’s family members confronted Paul’s wife, Jada. NBA investigating tonight’s on-court altercations ahead of Rockets/Clippers on Sunday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 21, 2018
Lakers may lose the game, but Rajon Rondo won the fight against Chris Paul. Brandon Ingram shouldn’t have got involved in a one-on-one fight though. pic.twitter.com/Iw9N2D8l9r
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) October 21, 2018
Rajon Rondo claims he never spit on Chris Paul. Lakers officials and Rondo looked over tape and did not see a spitting incident, per Woj.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 21, 2018
— Robert Garcia Jr (@_garciapita) October 21, 2018
– Brandon Ingram: personal foul, two technicals, ejected
– Chris Paul: ejected
– Rajon Rondo: ejected
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 21, 2018
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) October 21, 2018
Lonzo Ball watching Rajon Rondo fire on Chris Paul, knowing he’ll be starting once again… pic.twitter.com/MFiSGb3xIz
— Branden Hunter (@JustCallmeBHunt) October 21, 2018
*Laker 2017 Interview*
Lonzo Ball: “It's the NBA, people ain't really going to fight. I ain't trying to get no tech."
Rajon Rondo & Brandon Ingram: pic.twitter.com/BtMZkaJxny
— Sean Clancey (@SeanClancey) October 21, 2018
Lonzo Ball says he’s “100” percent and ready if Rajon Rondo is suspended. pic.twitter.com/v7QeOF50Lg
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) October 21, 2018