The NBA announced on Monday afternoon that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will receive a one-game suspension, and lose out on a game check of $284.004 as a result, for hitting Detroit Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart, who received a two-game suspension and will miss out on $45,201 in game checks for his role
James will miss Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation”, in a decision announced by President of League Operations Byron Spruell.
LeBron James has been suspended for one game for an altercation with Isaiah Stewart during Sunday’s clash between the LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons, with Stewart banned for two games.
James was ejected, for only the second time in his glittering career, after an ugly incident in the third period which left Stewart bleeding from a wound above his right eye.
LeBron James was ejected from the LA Lakers’ 121-116 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday after a clash that left Isaiah Stewart bleeding above the right eye sparking an on-court brawl.
James caught Stewart with a blow to the right side of his face as the two battled for position on a free throw early in the third quarter.
The two were immediately separated by teammates, but Stewart became enraged as blood began to stream down his face.
Making repeated attempts to get at James, Stewart drew multiple technical fouls and a subsequent ejection of his own as coaches and teammates desperately tried to hold him back.
Refereeing crew chief Scott Foster said Lakers star James was ejected for “unnecessary and excessive contact above the shoulder” during the altercation with Detroit center Stewart.
“Upon the free throw the initial contact (was) deemed a loose ball foul by Isaiah Stewart and then a dead ball act by LeBron James, deemed a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 for unnecessary and excessive contact above the shoulder,” Foster said during a postgame interview with The Athletic’s James Edwards III.
“Isaiah got two technical fouls for multiple unsportsmanlike acts during the altercation,” Foster said.
James’ Flagrant 2 foul ended his night after his left elbow and hand appeared to make contact with Stewart’s face when they were tangled up while boxing out for a rebound.