James was tossed after his left elbow and fist struck Stewart during Pistons forward Jerami Grant’s third-quarter free throw attempt at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Sunday night.
NBA league officials will now review footage of the incident and conduct follow-up interviews to determine whether fines or suspensions are in order. A league spokesman told DailyMail.com that a ruling on the matter will be completed before the Lakers and Pistons play their following games on Tuesday night in New York and Detroit, respectively.
The Lakers will be facing the Knicks on TNT on Tuesday night, which means the league is faced with a decision on whether or not to sideline its biggest star ahead of a nationally televised game.
After the blow, both benches flooded onto the court as Stewart and James engaged in a shoving and screaming match.
A furious Stewart was seen with blood streaming down his face, screaming obscenities as coaches and teammates held him back, and was also ejected after repeatedly charging at James, who was ejected for only the second time in his NBA career.
James has not been suspended since his senior year of high school in 2003, when he improperly accepted two jerseys valued at $845 in violation of Ohio state amateur rules. If he is suspended, James likely wouldn’t be looking at more than a two- or three-game ban, based on similar circumstances.
In 2018, then-Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul was suspended two games for poking James’s Lakers teammate, Rajon Rondo, in the eye and throwing punches in the ensuing fracas. Similarly, James’s then-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate JR Smith was suspended for two games after punching Boston’s Jae Crowder during a 2015 playoff game.
Piston’s coach Dwane Casey said after the game that he does not think James is a ‘dirty player.’
The Lakers and Pistons had to be separated multiple times after this play between LeBron and Isaiah Stewart. pic.twitter.com/im0o7fXeoI
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Keith Griffith and Alex Raskin