LeBron James Questions NBA Over Suspension After Fight With Isaiah Stewart

Published 11/25/2021, 6:34 AM EST
Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) walks off the court after being ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James remains one of the more prominent sports athletes in the world. The Los Angeles Lakers talisman has remained a part of the NBA’s most iconic moments and events. Alongside a star-studded Lakers roster, LeBron has dominated popular sports news headlines. A recent contentious incident also hurled LeBron into the media spotlight.

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While playing against the Detroit Pistons recently, controversy embroiled LeBron’s reactions during the game. He struck Pistons player Isaiah Stewart with a closed fist. The NBA referees ejected LeBron for this blatant foul and the NBA also suspended him for one game. LeBron commented on this suspension after his return from suspension.

LeBron said, “I’m definitely not that type of player. I hate to see that and what escalated after that. It warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me still in the game, the excitement of the fans, what could possibly happen after that. But a suspension, I didn’t think that was warranted, but the league made that call.”

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LeBron asserted the accidental nature of the incident. He argued Stewart knocked him “off-balance a little bit.” The Lakers star admitted he struck Stewart and “had caught some part of his head.” A repentant LeBron went over to Stewart “and apologized to him.” The damage, however, was done as the referees ejected LeBron and he also received a one-game suspension while Stewart received a two-game suspension.

LeBron remains a four-time NBA champion and guided the Lakers to their 2020 NBA title.

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LeBron James guides the Lakers in a victory against the Pacers

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers away from home in an overtime win. LeBron James returned to his side after serving a one-game suspension following a controversial incident involving Detroit Pistons‘ Isaiah Stewart. The Lakers cruised past the Pacers in a 124-116 victory.

Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates his go ahead basket in the overtime against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron led the Lakers and finished the game with 39 points, scoring eight of the Lakers’ 12 points in overtime. Russell Westbrook added 20 points for the Lakers. Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 points followed by Chris Duarte with 17 points for the Pacers. The Lakers will host the Sacramento Kings next at the Staples Center.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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