Three NBA players have been suspended after a brawl broke out on the court on Saturday during the Lakers’ home opener.
Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram was suspended for four games while teammate Rajon Rondo was suspended for three games.
Houston Rockets player Chris Paul will sit out two games.
Deadline, which also reported on the players’ suspensions, described what went down.
Three players were ejected in the brawl, which began when the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram shoved the Rockets’ James Harden. Houston’s Chris Paul and the Lakers’ Rajon Rondo soon traded swings; Ingram, Rondo and Paul were eventually tossed when order was restored. James, meanwhile, finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Lakers are now 0-2 on the young season.
The NBA also issued a statement.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
The suspensions without pay will cost each player well over $100,000 in lost salary.
Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton said after the incident, “we’ve learned from the experience and we’re moving on.”
Watch above with players’ reactions, via ESPN
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