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LeBron James ‘Bloodies Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart With Hit to Face’, Both Rejected from Game (VIDEO)

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On Sunday, LeBron James was ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Pistons for hitting Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart in the face. Lakers won 121-116, and the scuffle occurred when fighting for a rebound position.

“The hit led to a stoppage in action while Stewart, with blood streaming down his face, had to be held back multiple times by Detroit personnel as he tried to confront James. The incident occurred with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers trailing 79-67” reports ESPN.

It was only the second times for James to be ejected during his 19-year career. The first came on Nov. 28, 2017, when James’ Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Miami Heat.
“Everyone in the league knows LeBron’s not a dirty guy,” Lakers big man Anthony Davis said. “In fact, when he knew he hit him, as soon as he did it, he looked back at him like, ‘Oh, my bad. I didn’t try to do it.'”

ESPN reports “Stewart was initially whistled for a loose ball foul on the play. Following an official review, James was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected, Stewart was assessed two technical fouls and ejected and Lakers guard Russell Westbrook was called for a technical foul.”

“Stewart attempted to bull-rush the Lakers’ scrum at least three times before retreating through a tunnel behind the Pistons’ bench. Detroit guard Cory Joseph positioned himself near the Lakers’ bench to stop Stewart should he have emerged from an adjacent tunnel that would have led him back by the Lakers’ group.”

Crew chief Scott Foster said Westbrook was deemed to be “an escalator and not a peacemaker” and that Stewart was assessed two technical fouls for “multiple unsportsmanlike acts during the altercation.” Foster explained that James’ penalty stemmed from “unnecessary and excessive contact above the shoulder.”

“[James] had an elbow [from Stewart] to the rib cage, which was a foul and he was trying to shed the contact…And had incidental contact that was obviously enough for a flagrant 2” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel.

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

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