NBA Rumor: LeBron-Stewart Altercation

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Based on Green’s observation, however, the situation only escalated because of the Pistons players holding back Stewart. According to the Warriors forward, it looked like LeBron and Stewart were under control–with James seemingly trying to apologize at first. Nonetheless, things took a different turn when the other Detroit players got involved. “You have teammates coming running in, holding the guy back, pullin’ him away from LeBron and I think they may have made him feel like he should be upset because that’s when he went apesh*t,” Draymond Green explained on The Volume.

LeBron James on blow to Isaiah Stewart: 'Definitely accidental'

“There was a boxout on the free throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you look, if you watch the film — it got me off balanced a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm,” James said. “And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So, I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental.”

James, who said he has not spoken to Stewart since the incident, said his case was only made stronger in the days since the Lakers-Pistons game, pointing out how Russell Westbrook got a bloody lip from the Knicks’ Quentin Grimes on Tuesday and how James himself was hit in the face by Domantas Sabonis in the Pacers game, requiring a bandage on his eyelid afterward. “I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James continued. “I didn’t think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn’t think it was warranted. But the league made that call, and we’re here today.”

LeBron James was napping in the city that never sleeps on Monday when the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers star would be suspended for the first time in his 19-year career and have to miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. “Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call,” James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. “As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, ‘I know I’m suspended.’ “I mean, it’s some bulls—. But whatever.”

The Sunday night scuffle between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart gained enough notoriety that even a porn star offered her criticism of Anthony Davis’ postgame comments about Stewart. Kendra Lust: “If Anthony Davis wanted that smoke .. he said he was not having it ..you would have met Beef Stew on his way coming .. tripping over your own feet in all this and falling down 🤨 my guess AD never been in a fight in his life just my thoughts.” Davis had dismissed criticism of James being a dirty player after James’ fist connected with Stewart during the game. “Beef Stew” refers to Stewart’s nickname.

Davis was surprised by the retaliatory measures attempted by the Pistons’ second-year center, who required five stitches after the game. “I don’t know what he was trying to do,” Davis said. “But I know nobody on our team, 1 through 15, was having it. We’re going to protect our brother. I’ve never, in 10 years, seen a player try to do that as long as I’ve been playing. … It’s uncalled for. You got a cut above your eye, accidental-like, it wasn’t on purpose. And we weren’t going to allow him to keep charging our brother like that. I don’t know what he was trying to do, but we wasn’t going to allow that.”

The PA announcers in Detroit were forced to take action too, constantly reminding fans to stay in their seats while also imploring them to not throw any objects at James when he was ejected and headed up the tunnel. “Fans stay in your seats, do not come onto the floor,” he said. “Do not enter the floor. All fans stay in your seats. Do not come onto the floor and do not throw any objects. Don’t do it or you will be nabbed and sent to jail. Stay where you are.”
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