NBA's "Spitgate" under the microscope (Literally)
Alex Myers discusses the big early-season brawl between the Lakers and Rockets that got a little, um, messy.
Released on 10/23/2018
So, we're less than one week into the NBA season
and we already had our first full blown controversy.
Man, I love the NBA.
Of course, I'm talking about Spitgate.
The madness began late in the fourth quarter of a tight game
between the Lakers and the Rockets
when Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden.
But while the focus was on those two,
things got messy between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo,
two of the leagues most notorious instigators.
These middle weights actually duked it out,
each getting a couple of pretty good shots in
while Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched in delight.
The ruckus ended after Ingram came in over the top
with a Shaq on Brad Miller-esque haymaker,
and CP3 is lucky he didn't connect cleanly.
And Lebron James would up pulling Paul,
who happens to be his oldest son's godfather,
away from the fray.
Oh, yeah, did I mention this was the second game
of the season for both teams?
Following the incident,
Paul accused Rondo of spitting on him,
but when Rondo and the Lakers denied the allegation,
a few conspiracy theories were floated.
Did Chris Paul make the whole thing up?
Was there a second spitter on the grassy knoll?
Or was it just friendly fire from Carmelo Anthony?
that would mean Melo actually connected on something,
so not likely.
Also adding to the mystery was Rondo's claim
that wearing a mouth guard
prevented him from hawking a loogie.
Hm, but just when I thought we might need
that legendary lawyer from Making A Murderer part two
to run some tests,
a different angle appeared that proved Paul right.
Rondo has a quick mouth to go with some super quick hands,
and the NBA had its smoking gun, or expectorated gun.
The league swiftly handed down
four and three-game suspensions for Ingram and Rondo,
respectively, while only suspending CP3 for two games.
Admittedly, I'm the biggest Chris Paul apologist
in the world, but come on,
Rondo spit on him
and Paul still didn't throw the first punch.
Forget about suspension,
that kind of restraint
deserves Nobel Peace Prize consideration.
There were also reports that Paul's wife
and Rondo's girlfriend got into their own dust up
in the stands.
What a wild scene at The Staples Center.
And again, this was only game number two.
Everyone please pace yourselves, and while you're at it,
keep your saliva to yourself as well.
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