LeBron James was suspended for the first time in his 19-year career in the NBA (he will rest in one game), and he will be deducted nearly PLN 284,000 from his salary. hole. Previously, he received fines several times, incl. for simulating, avoiding press conferences, or kicking water bottles. According to the NBA statement, James was fined for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating a match on the pitch.” The NBA star will take a break from the game again as he has just returned from an injury-induced hiatus of several weeks.
In turn, Isaiah Stewart will not play in two games and will lose approx. 45 thousand. hole. He was punished for “escalating the clash on the field by chasing James insistently and aggressively in an unsportsmanlike manner.”
The whole situation took place in the third quarter of the match, when the hosts were taking a free kick. James and Stewart fought for position before the Pistons player was punched in the face by an opponent. The 36-year-old immediately realized what had happened and rushed to Stewart in apology. This, however, was not interested in them and was looking for a get back at James. The video shows blood appearing on Stewart’s face. Soon both players were thrown from the field.
Despite the lack of the best player, the Lakers were able to turn the tide. The 2020 NBA champions were losing 66:78 at the time of James’ match with Stewart, and after throwing them off the court, their balance was clearly better – ultimately the guests won this match 121: 116.
Interestingly, both teams will have the opportunity to rematch this Sunday. This time the match will be held in Los Angeles, and both players will be able to play in it.