LeBron James is suspended one game, while Isaiah Stewart receives punishment of two after altercation


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LeBron James is suspended one game, while Isaiah Stewart receives punishment of two after altercation

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was suspended one game for “recklessly hitting” Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face during their altercation in Sunday’s game, the NBA announced Monday.

Stewart has been suspended two games for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing” James.

The hit occurred while both players were battling for rebounding position early in the third quarter. This led to an action stoppage as Stewart, with blood running down his face, had to be held back several times by Pistons staff as he tried to confront James.

Stewart initially received a whistle for a fumble foul on the play. After an official review, James was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and sent off, while Stewart received two technical fouls and was sent off.

James will serve his suspension on Tuesday when the Lakers visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.


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