Was Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart Fined $950,000 For Brawl with LeBron James?

Published 11/24/2021, 12:19 PM EST
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) and forward Blake Griffin (left) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


In the aftermath of the altercation between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart, both players were certainly looking at punitive action. And expectedly, the league has imposed fines and suspensions on both LeBron and Stewart. They gave LeBron a $284,000 fine. Whereas they gave Isaiah Stewart a $45,000 fine and not $950,000. Here’s the clarification:

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Following the confirmation of suspensions for LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart, social media went berserk. With no official confirmation of the fines imposed at first, a fake Twitter handle baffled the internet. A fake Twitter handle, claiming to be Bleacher Report, tweeted that the NBA had fined Stewart $950,000 for the altercation. Even the username was BleacherReporf, which should’ve been a hint for NBA fans on Twitter.

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This same handle makes absurd claims with simultaneous tweets claiming they fined LeBron $500,000 and James Harden wants out of Brooklyn. These absurd and false claims confused fans who believed the information at face value.

Hence, several fans took to Twitter in amazement of this tweet. This is how they responded.

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What does this mean for the Lakers and Pistons?

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The Lakers played at the Madison Square Garden against the Knicks without LeBron. This is the only game he will miss as part of his one-game suspension. Whereas, they suspended Stewart for two games, so he is also set to miss Detroit’s game against the Bucks tomorrow. This was only the second time in his 19-year long NBA career that LeBron James was ejected from a game.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) has blood around his right eye after an altercation with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (not pictured) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

According to the NBA, Stewart was “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing … James in an unsportsmanlike manner.” Whereas, James merited the suspension “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.”

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However, the two sides meet again on Sunday as Pistons face the Lakers at the Staples Center, which will become Crypto.com Arena from Christmas. This fixture will be the game the teams would look forward to the most.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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