A First Time for Everything: LeBron James Suspended For One Game

In Summary

LeBron James struck Pistons’ center Isaiah Stewart in the face, leading to a brief scrum in the middle of the court. Both players were suspended. 

LeBron James is still setting milestones 19 years in the NBA.  

Add a one-game suspension to the list of his illustrious accolades.  

The four-time NBA champion and 4-time league MVP left a shiner as shiny as the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the face of Detroit Pistons’ center Isaiah Stewart. 

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While free throws were being taken, James and Stewart jockeyed for position on the line. James then swung his arm with a closed fist and struck Stewart in the face. As blood profusely trickled down Stewart’s face, he rushed angrily towards James, but teammates from both teams quickly intervened. 

Both James and Stewart were ejected from the game. 

James was suspended for one game, causing him to miss the nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Stewart will miss upcoming games against the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. 

According to the NBA, Stewart received a harsher penalty for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing” James. 

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) is held back after a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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James will lose close to $284,000 in salary, while Stewart will lose about $45,000. 

The Lakers and Pistons will play again Sunday in Los Angeles. 

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