The beef between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul has continued, as Rondo is calling Paul a “horrible” teammate and claims people have the wrong idea about #SpitGate.
Three games are what Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Rajon Rondo, had taken away from him after his brawl with Houston Rockets point guard, Chris Paul. During the Saturday night game, Rondo is seen spitting on Paul and throwing the first punch. However, Rondo told ESPN he did not intentionally spit on the Houston player.
“I had a mouthpiece in my mouth and I exasperated because I was about to tell him to ‘get the [expletive] out of here.’ Look at my body language [in the video]. My hands on my hips. I turn away for a second. Look at Eric [Gordon] and Melo [Carmelo Anthony] in the video. If they saw me spit, they would have turned their face up or something. They had no reaction.” He claims the only reason Paul was suspended for only two games is because of his “good guy” image.
“Of course, the NBA went with his side because I got three games and he got two. Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy. They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in LA; trying to get to the Clippers locker room. They don’t want to believe he’s capable of taunting and igniting an incident.” He added, “Exasperating and spitting are two different things. He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that.”
Rondo went on to say the videos that show spit coming from his mouth need to be explained in fuller context. “Y’all are playing me with these tricks or these mind games, tampering with the evidence. Ain’t no way that I intentionally spit on you with my body language the way it was.”One, if I spit on you, bottom line, there is not going to be no finger pointing. If you felt that I just spit on you, then all bets are off. Two, look at my body language. If I spit on you on purpose, I’m going to be ready for a man to swing on me. You ain’t going to have my hands on my hip and my head look away at someone if I spit on them. After the [expletive] goes down, within 30 seconds, you run and tell the sideline reporters that I spit on you? If I spit on you, you are trying to get to me. You not trying to make up a story so you can look like a good guy. It makes no sense to me.”
Several members from the Rockets, including Carmelo Anthony, have confirmed that Rondo did spit on Chris Paul.
The fight stemmed from #BrandonIngram fouling James Harden in the fourth quarter, who then pushed him in the back after it seemed Harden called for the foul. When Ingram got in an official’s face, Paul and Rondo got into an argument that led to them fighting.