ORLANDO, FL – LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Piston’s center Isaiah Stewart both found out the price the NBA handed down for their freaks on Sunday night in the Lakers 121- 166 win over Detroit on Sunday night.
James was suspended for one game without pay, and Steward received a two game suspension, the league announced today.
James will miss Tuesday’s nationally televised game against the New York Knicks. It’s the first suspension in his 19-year career.
Stewart will miss Tuesday’s home game against the Miami Heat and Wednesday’s game at the Milwaukee Bucks.
Incidentally, both teams meet again this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The two got tangled up on a free throw in the third quarter of Sunday’s 121-116 Lakers win before James made contact with Stewart’s face, drawing blood. Stewart, a second-year center, got in James’ face in the aftermath before players on both sides had to be separated.
Stewart charged at James again, shedding teammates and team security but the two never engaged after. Whether James meant to connect with Stewart was immaterial to the center, who clearly didn’t appreciate the contact and his bloody face was evidence enough.
Stewart needed five stitches, according to the team.