Kiedis' outburst came moments after a violent altercation broke out on the court between the Rockets' Chris Paul and the Lakers' Rajon Rondo during the Saturday game. Video from the National Basketball Association (NBA) game shows both players were engaged in a bit of trash talk before Paul was filmed poking Rondo in the eye. It was later claimed by Paul that the initial fracas began after Rondo spit in his face.
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Rondo and Paul exchanged a few punches before fellow Lakers player Brandon Ingram jumped in to dish out his own bit of revenge on the Rockets team. The brawl was ultimately halted after several players on both teams and security officials intervened to pull the fighters away. Video shows the Lakers' LeBron James carrying Paul to the sidelines in an effort to calm him down.
Kiedis caught the attention of Staples Center security guards after he decided to zero in on Paul as he was being escorted off the court.
Just as Paul walked past, Kiedis launched his verbal assault, yelling a torrent of obscenities at the 33-year-old Rockets point guard. The singer also briefly turned his attention to a court official, yelling, "f**k you, too" before he was removed from the grounds. Kiedis is a Lakers fan.
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Following the game, fellow Chili Peppers bandmate Flea took to Instagram to address the events that unfolded during the heated game, writing, "It got crazy at the end, but man I get so satisfied, deeply drinking in the depth and beauty of the game."
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At the lakers game last night with my dear brother. It Got crazy at the end, but man I get so satisfied, deeply drinking in the depth and beauty of the game. People operating at a high level in so many dimensions. Cerebral, physical, spiritual, emotional, unspoken and telepathic communication. I truly love basketball with my ❤️❤️❤️ this photo by my brethren @atibaphoto
Netizens, as they do, quickly dished out their own opinions on Kiedis' antics, many questioning why he seemed to be sporting a disguise.
— Joey Devine (@JoeyDevine) October 21, 2018
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The NBA announced on Sunday that Rondo and Ingram would be suspended without pay for three and four games, respectively. Paul will miss two games.
"Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden," the league said in a statement, according to sports outlet ESPN.
"Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."
The Rockets ultimately took the win on Saturday, beating the Lakers 124 — 115.