NBA evaluates a video shoot court that looks like catching the Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo spotting into all-star Chris Paul’s face on Saturday night at Staples Center, has league sources told ESPN.
With 4: 13 left in the game and Rockets before 1
09-108, a match with several participants occurred.
Rocket’s video player took the video game under play, and it has been shared with the league office, sources said. NBA plans to do its discipline on Sunday before the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center, says sources.
NBA Vice President for Basketball Activity Kiki VanDeWeghe participated on Saturday night, including Rondo, Paul and Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram. VanDeWeghe heads the NBA’s probe in the incident and helps interview participants and witnesses on Sunday in Los Angeles, said league sources.
Rondo threw a blow to Paul after Paul pointed a finger in his face. Rondo has made the case that he did not spit on Paul and provoked to throw a blow after Paul pointed a finger on his face and left a scratch under his right eye, said league sources. Rondo has also pointed out that he was wearing a mouthpiece and that would affect his ability to deliberately spit on someone.
The video seems to put Rondo instead of making a case to spit was accidental, sources said.