Video appears to show Rajon Rondo spitting at Chris Paul


The NBA is evaluating a video shot courtside that appears to capture Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo spitting into the face of All-Star Chris Paul on Saturday night at Staples Center, league sources told ESPN.

With 4:13 remaining in the game and the Rockets ahead 109-108, a fight occurred with multiple participants.

The Rockets’ video staff took the video courtside during the game, and it has been shared with the league office, sources said. The NBA is planning to render its discipline on Sunday prior to the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center, sources said.

NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe was in attendance for Saturday night’s skirmish that included Rondo, Paul and Lakers forward Brandon Ingram. VanDeWeghe is leading the NBA’s probe into the incident and helping to interview participants and witnesses on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources said.

Rondo threw a punch at Paul after Paul poked a finger into his face. Rondo has made the case that he didn’t spit on Paul and was provoked into throwing a punch after Paul poked a finger into his face and left a scratch under his right eye, league sources said. Rondo has also pointed to the fact that he was wearing a mouthguard, and that would impact his ability to intentionally spit on someone.

The video appears to put Rondo in the position of having to make a case that the spitting was unintentional, sources said.

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