LeBron James was banned from the NBA for a “reckless hit” against Pistons center Isaiah Stewart. The league announced Monday after there had been a heated scuffle between the Lakers star and Stewart the night before. The Pistons-Big was also banned.
The 20-year-old was banned from two games without pay, according to the NBA, he had helped escalate the situation by pursuing “repeatedly and aggressively” James.
Stewart will miss the Pistons’ two games against the Heat and the Bucks and lose about $ 45,000 in salary. The Lakers had to do without LeBron, who lost $ 284,000 as a result of the suspension Wednesday night in the loss to Madison Square Garden by the New York Knicks.
“It’s boring,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of the suspension. “We all know LeBron is one of the noblest players in the league. The league has to make its decision. It’s 100% out of our control, so whatever we think about it. He wanted to play. C ‘that’s all I want to do with that to say. “
The turmoil in the third quarter of the Pistons v Lakers game on Monday night brought back memories of The Malice at The Palace, one of the darkest moments in NBA history, when a mass brawl broke out between players and fans in Detroit in November 2004. The action between James and Stewart played out slightly in comparison.
LeBron James wanted to apologize to Isaiah Stewart
During a bout for a rebound, James punched his counterpart in the face, and Stewart pulled a heavily bleeding wound to his right eye from the action, which then had to be stitched up with five stitches. Then there was a scramble, teammates and coaches struggled to hold back Stewart, who couldn’t be calmed down at first. Several times he went wild and rushed towards the Lakers before he could be led off the field after a few minutes.
The two players were then sent off the field by the referees. This was only James’ second career expulsion in his 19th NBA season, and the four-time champion has now been banned from the NBA for the first time in his career.
As reported by Shams Charania (The Athletic), the 36-year-old allegedly tried to get Stewart’s cell phone number after the game to apologize for his move. His teammates around Anthony Davis and head coach Frank Vogel took him under protection after the game and spoke of an accident.