Ingram and Rondo were both suspended without pay - Ingram for four games, Rondo for three - and will pay fines of $US158,816 ($223,500) and $US186,207 ($262,045) respectively.
"It doesn't many any sense to me but it's a hard situation, I understand that but I don't think it's equitable". "Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul".
The suspensions for Ingram, Rondo and Paul are truly surprising considering everything that took place between the lines Saturday.
VanDeWeghe's explanations don't satisfy me, and they certainly wouldn't if I were a Rockets fan.
What sparked the fight was the source of postgame debate, but now video evidence shows that Paul's claim of being spit on by Rondo was accurate.
It was easy to predict that the Los Angeles Lakers would get off to a slow start and that it will take time for the players to get accustomed to one another.
"Then you're talking monetarily, he's paying three times more than the other guys are paying for missing games?"
"In the heat of the moment, when somebody does that, that's tough". James played the role of the peacemaker, grabbing Paul from behind and dragging him away from the melee. "That's unacceptable. You don't even see that in the streets". Players from both teams broke up the fight quickly by separating the players involved, though.
A frustrated Ingram then pushed Harden from behind and the two argued back and forth. He called Rondo's spitting "pretty disgusting". "I have seen it go 10-15 games before - I was the culprit of that years ago".