Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was suspended for one game, and Detroit Pistons second-year player Isaiah Stewart was suspended for two games for their roles during an incident in a game between the two teams on Sunday night.
It is the first suspension of James’ Hall of Fame career.
The league announced the suspensions on Monday. James will miss the Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, and Stewart won’t play when the Pistons host the Miami Heat on Tuesday and then travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Wednesday.
The Lakers and Pistons will meet again on Sunday in Los Angeles.
According to the NBA, Stewart was disciplined for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing … James in an unsportsmanlike manner.” James, on the other hand, was handed a suspension “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.”
James drilled Stewart in the head with his elbow and hand while the two players were fighting for a rebound in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup. Stewart started to bleed, went into a rage, and had to be held back by several teammates and coaches to keep him separated from James.
James was escorted off the floor. Stewart was also ejected from the game and had to be guided to the team’s tunnel. The game resumed with 9:18 to go in the third, and the Pistons held a 78-66 lead over Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.