Brandon Ingram 4 games, Rajon Rondo 3 games, and Chris Paul 2 games. That is the verdict from Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s vice president of basketball operations, after investigating the fight between the Rockets and the Lakers last night.
As the statement by the league explains: “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.”
As expected, Ingram’s return to the scuffle and escalating the situation got him the most significant suspension. After the Malice in the Palace, the league sanctions such behavior very strictly. When it comes to Paul and Rondo, the league concluded that Rondo did start the incident by spitting at Paul and then punching him. The decision was supported by a video that the Rockets sent as evidence. It seems Sherwood Holmes didn’t get it right concluding if anyone had spat, it was Melo.
This is one of the pieces of video the Rockets are sending the league office as the NBA investigates last night’s fight at Staples Center and determines discipline. pic.twitter.com/YKw7JF13cP
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 21, 2018
All players are suspended without pay, as is standard procedure. The exciting part is that even though Paul is suspended for the least number of games, he will suffer most financially. As wages in the NBA are calculated on a per-game basis, and CP3 having the most significant wage of them all, this suspension will cost him $491,781, three times more than Ingram!!
The three suspensions will lead to $840,000 in lost salary.
Ingram loses $158,817
Rondo loses $186,207
Paul loses $491,781
So CP3 gets the lightest sentence, and hit the hardest.
(Apologies for the hasty math earlier. Credit to @albertnahmad for telling me that I’m a moron.)
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 21, 2018