For the first time in his NBA playing career, LeBron James has been suspended for one game because of an on-court altercation on Sunday.
Detroit Piston’s Isiah Stewart has also been suspended for two games because he’s the other party involved in the altercation.
The incident occurred in the third quarter of the match when both James and Stewart were trying to get the ball and James swung his elbow, making contact with Stewart’s face which became bloody.
James realizing what had happened was trying to diffuse the situation, however, Stewart was quite heated after the incident which caused a massive bench-clearing for both teams.
Coaches, referees and teammates on each team tried to keep the two players apart however, Stewart made multiple attempts to go after James.
According to Piston’s head coach Dwayne Casey, Stewart had to receive eight stitches. Casey believes Stewart’s suspension was not merited.
Both players were booted from the game and Stewart was given two technical fouls, while James was given a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2. Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook was given a technical foul after the tape was reviewed.
During the press conference Westbrook was surprised that he received a technical foul.
The NBA disciplined Stewart for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.” James was suspended for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and imitating an on-court altercation.”
Both Stewart’s and James’ suspensions will be without pay.