LeBron James was only ejected for the second time in his career.© TSWT
LeBron James has been banned for one game after his bloody clash with Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart, the NBA said Monday. Los Angeles Lakers star James was only sent off for the second time in his career after he lashed out at Stewart during Sunday’s win over the Pistons. Stewart was left with blood gushing from a facial injury after the flash point, having to be stopped repeatedly by teammates and staff as he attempted to confront LeBron James. Stewart, 20, was given a two-game ban for his part in the altercation.
The NBA said Stewart had been given a two-game ban for “escalating an altercation on the field by repeatedly and aggressively chasing (James) in an unsportsmanlike manner.”
James’ suspension, meaning he will miss the Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, was for “recklessly punching Stewart in the face and engaging in an altercation on the field”.
The incident occurred with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers trailing 79-67. James waved an arm in Stewart’s face as the pair competed for a rebound position.
Stewart was initially called for a loose ball foul. After a video review, James was then also beaten with a flagrant foul and sent to the locker room.
Stewart committed two technical fouls and was thrown out.
Lakers star Anthony Davis later said that James Stewart had unintentionally punched.
“Everyone in the league knows that (James) is not a dirty guy. As soon as he did it, he looked back and said to him, ‘My fault. I didn’t try,'” Davis said.
“I don’t know what (Stewart) was trying to do. Nobody on our team, 1-15, had it,” he said.
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