Brandon Ingram admits surprise over brevity of suspension
Many observers were surprised by the relatively lenient suspensions resulting from the fight between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, and it turns out at least one player involved was among them.
Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who threw a punch in the fight, only received a four-game ban. He admitted Monday that it was less than he was expecting.
Brandon Ingram on the suspension: “It was better than we expected. I’m happy it was only 4 (games). I have to control my emotions better.” He added that he apologized to his teammates.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 22, 2018
Ingram actually got the longest suspension of anyone involved, as he threw an obvious punch without really being involved in the initial incident. Lakers guard Rajon Rondo got three games after allegedly spitting on Chris Paul and throwing the first punches, while Paul got two games for punching back. Nobody would have been shocked if those punishments had been twice as long, but the NBA clearly thought this was enough.