LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart dismissed after wild scuffle

LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart dismissed after wild scuffle

What should have been a routine free-throw line job at one time led to one of the most chaotic scenes in the NBA. Lakers’ LeBron James was ejected after hitting the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart while battling for a rebound.

What followed was madness. With a bloodied face, Stewart LeBron attacked James, pushing anyone out of the way who tried to stop him. In addition to a ban for both players, Russell Westbrook was awarded a technical four.

“Everyone in the league knows that LeBron is not a dirty guy,” said Anthony Davis. “In fact, when he knew he was hitting him, as soon as he did it, he looked at him, ‘Oh, my mistake. I haven’t tried it.’”

Pistons coach Dwane Casey stated that he did not believe James is a dirty player.

“It was a tough game with Isaiah,” said Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “His eye was all cracked open and he was upset for a reason. So I don’t think James is a dirty player, but again, it got them going.”

“I don’t know what he was trying to do,” Davis said. “But I know nobody on our team, 1 to 15, had it. We’re going to protect our brother. I’ve never seen a player in 10 years try to do something like this while I’m playing. … It’s inappropriate. You have a cut over your eye, by accident, it wasn’t on purpose. And we wouldn’t let him continue to accuse our brother like that. I don’t know what he was trying to do, but we wouldn’t allow that.”

The incident came almost 17 years on the day of the ‘Malice at the Palace’. During the scuffle, a PA announcer could be heard instructing fans to remain seated.


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