Due to their involvements in an altercation during a game between the two teams on Sunday night, LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, was held over for one game and Isaiah Stewart, the Detroit Pistons second-year player, was held over for two games.
LeBron James has been suspended for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.
The league confirmed the punishment on Monday.
Because of the ban, James will be unable to participate in the Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, while Stewart will be unable to play in the Pistons’ game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday before travelling to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Wednesday.
The Lakers and Pistons will play one other again in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Stewart Was Suspended for Aggressively Pursuing James Repeatedly
Stewart was fined for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing… James in an unsportsmanlike manner,” according to the NBA. “For carelessly slapping Stewart in the face and sparking an on-court brawl,” James was given a ban.
In the third quarter of Sunday’s game, while the two players were striving for a comeback, James punched Stewart in the head with his elbow and fist. Stewart began bleeding and became enraged, requiring many players and coaches to hold him back in order to keep him away from James.
Stewart was also ejected from the game and had to be shown the way to the team’s tunnel once James was safely removed from the field. The game resumed with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter, and the Pistons maintained their 78-66 lead against the Lakers.