The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns 115-105 on Friday night.
Among the indignities suffered by LA throughout the evening: LeBron James crying on the sidelines and a brawl that broke out between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.
As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, an exchange between Rajon Rondo and a fan also quickly went viral.
In the third quarter, during a break in play, Rondo inexplicably walked over to a fan sitting courtside and pointed his fingers right in the fan’s face, doing a mock gun-shooting motion.
The fan reacted by slapping Rondo, only to then have Staples Center security walk over and kick him out.
The video speaks for itself:
Rondo & a fan 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/UptYbNCaA5
— Misha Konygin (@gdfactoryclips) October 23, 2021
At the moment, it is unclear what the fan said to Rondo to elicit that sort of response.
Remarkably enough, this isn’t the first run-in LA has had with courtside fans already this year. Russell Westbrook slapped one fan early in the preseason and then had a terse argument with another later in preseason.
That’s one way to dress to a baseball game. https://t.co/oeBgEan8bD
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 22, 2021
In the meantime, LA has yet to win a game with its current roster.
This is getting embarrassing. The Lakers need to buckle down and focus on winning games, not getting into petty squabbles with fans. Regardless of who was at fault for what ultimately happened on Friday night, it’s hard not to feel like this group is losing its mind a little bit amid unprecedented struggles.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.