James had been ejected throughout a sport towards the Pistons on Sunday.
Sunday’s altercation occurred with 9:18 remaining within the third quarter and the Lakers trailing 78-66 in Detroit. As a free throw was being tried, James swung his arm backward whereas boxing out for a rebound, hitting Stewart.
The foul led to a chronic sport stoppage whereas Stewart, with blood coming down his face, needed to be held again by Detroit coaches and gamers as he tried to confront James on a number of events. Stewart was additionally ejected from the sport.
The Lakers went on to win 121-116.
The NBA issued a launch Monday saying that Stewart might be suspended for 2 video games with out pay for “escalating” the confrontation and “repeatedly and aggressively” pursuing James.
James for one sport with out pay.
James and Stewart didn’t communicate to the media after the sport. CNN has reached out to the Lakers for remark.
Lakers teammate Anthony Davis got here to the protection of James after the sport, saying that James is not a “soiled man” and that he wasn’t certain why Stewart reacted the best way he did.
“I’ve by no means, in 10 years, seen a participant attempt to do this so long as I have been enjoying, at the least in basketball. It is uncalled for. You bought a minimize above your eye, unintended — like, it wasn’t on goal. And we weren’t going to permit him to maintain charging our brother like that,” Davis mentioned.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel mentioned he spoke to James within the locker room after the sport.
“Yeah, that is actually one thing that ought to keep within the locker room,” Vogel mentioned. “I imply, I talked to him, yup, however I am not going to reveal what his message was.”
“I advised him, ‘Do not let this outline who you might be. It does not outline your sport in any respect.’ I felt for the younger man as a result of he is such a competitor and he performs so exhausting. He is an excellent child however he felt like he received cheap-shotted throughout his forehead and on the road, it will be a distinct story,” Casey mentioned.