For the first time in his career, LeBron James has been punished for one game after colliding with Isaiah Stewart during the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Los Angeles fought back from a 17-point deficit to win 121-116.
For their roles in the brawl, James and Stewart were both dismissed, marking only the second time in James’ 19-year NBA career that he has been tossed from a game. Stewart will be suspended for two games as a result of his involvement in the match.
In the third quarter, the incident occurred. As they struggled for a rebound, LA’s James seemed to smack Pistons center Stewart in the face, leaving him with a huge cut near his right eye.
As he attempted to respond, Stewart was constantly pulled back by teammates and coaching staff. Following an official review, both players were dismissed from the game.
On Monday the NBA said Stewart was suspended for “escalating” the incident and “repeatedly and aggressively” pursuing James. James was handed his suspension for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face” and “initiating” the altercation.
Source: BBC Sport