LeBron James was sent off in the third quarter of his Lakers’ game in Detroit. Fighting in rebound with the opposing center Isaiah Stewart, the number 6 threw a hand with a closed fist on the face of the Pistons long, opening a cut from which blood came out. Stewart then tried to get justice for himself, causing a maxi-brawl and trying 3 times to free himself from those who were holding him back to try to physically clash with the King. Both were expelled: this is the second time in his career for James
Down by 12 points at the start of the third quarter of the Detroit Pistons match, the Los Angeles Lakers’ season could definitely be changed. Struggling for the rebound position, LeBron James and opposing center Isaiah Stewart made contact and James, trying to free himself, struck the long man directly in the face with a clenched fist, causing a cut above the eye from which he is a lot of blood came out and required five stitches to be stitched up. What ensued was chaos: Stewart tried to get justice for himself by looking for a physical confrontation with the King, causing a maxi-brawl and bringing all the assistant coaches and security members onto the pitch to try to separate the two, in addition to the players already on the parquet. Stewart, a second-year player known for his physicality, freed himself from the grip of his teammates three times to pounce on him James, overwhelming everyone he found on his way, but without succeeding.
After restoring calm, the referees led by Scott Foster decided to send James off for a flagrant 2 foul (for “unnecessary and excessive contact above the level of the shoulders”) and Stewart himself for a double technical foul (for “Multiple non-sporting behaviors during the altercation”), plus a technician to Russell Westbrook for the role of “agitator and not peacemaker during the episode”. This is James’s second dismissal in 19 years of career: the last time was on November 28, 2017 against the Miami Heat for two coaches and protests against a referee. James still closed with 10 points on the scoresheet, extending his streak of double-digit matches to 1,048, while the Lakers won the game with a crazy comeback from -15 in the last quarter thanks to Westbrook and Anthony Davis, who after the game took James’s defense.