Something had been brewing between the Lakers and Rockets for a while now. Yet still, last night’s 3-player brawl caught everyone a little off guard.
It all started in the fourth, with a shove by Lakers’ youngster Brandon Ingram to James Harden, who had just drawn a foul on him a few seconds before. Ingram then proceeded to get into the refs face, all while other members of both squads began their attempt to calm the situation down.
It was in this moment that Chris Paul would later claim that Rondo spits on him, and the two began a scuffle of their own, with each landing a punch before being ejected with a little over 4 minutes to go in the game.
Obviously, suspensions will likely be handed down by the league on the three players involved.
The question now is whether or not Rondo actually spit on CP. Rondo’s camp is claiming that he didn’t, while Paul’s camp is adamant that he did. While we can never know for sure, several pieces of evidence have been brought up.
Carmelo Antony commented on the situation, calling out Rondo for spitting on Paul (which basically got everything started).
“That’s unacceptable,” said Anthony. “You don’t do that. You don’t do that to nobody. In sports, on the streets, that’s blatant disrespectful right there.”
But upon further inspection, some were starting to think it was Anthony who spit in CPs face all along…
— Sherwob Holmes (@World_Wide_Wob) October 21, 2018
Soon after these claims surfaced, however, the truth was exposed.
With the video slowed down, and zoomed in, you can slightly make out Rondo making a spitting motion with his mouth, basically confirming that he did the action.
Which means his suspension will likely be longer.
Whatever the case, this spitgate tragedy is something we’ll remember for a while, and will probably not be forgotten by any team any time soon.
No doubt, as the league hands out its punishment, the final details of this incident will be revealed. Let’s just hope that when they meet up later in the season, Rondo’s saliva will be kept in his mouth.