NBA suspends brawling trio

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Oct 20, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Reuters/Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and the Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul received suspensions from the NBA in response to an on-court fight Saturday.

Ingram was banned for four games without pay, Rondo three games without pay and Paul two games without pay.

Video shows Rondo spitting in Paul’s face. Paul then poked a finger in Rondo’s face. Rondo threw the first punch, a left hook that grazed Paul’s right cheek. Paul responded by throwing punches. Ingram then entered the melee with a wild punch.

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The NBA’s vice president, Kiki VanDeWeghe headed the probe, interviewing participants and witnesses, ESPN reported.

VanDeWeghe’s statement read; “Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden. Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him.”

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