Isaiah Stewart isn’t buying LeBron James calling hit to face an accident

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Isaiah Stewart believes LeBron James intentionally hit him in the face during last Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game.

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Returning from a two-game suspension stemming from the incident, Stewart stated that he would not address the situation again, but clarified that he thought James was wrong.

“I saw the movie,” Stewart told reporters on Friday. “Me personally, like I said, I didn’t feel like it was an accident. But this is my last time addressing it. Right now my main focus is on my teammates and playing basketball. I won’t let that define me. Who am I? I am going to describe what Detroit has drafted me to define who I am.


James was kicked out for the incident after receiving a Flagrant-2 foul, then suspended for one game. Stewart, who had four points and 12 rebounds in his comeback against the Clippers on Friday, had to stop behind James after the incident, which Lakers stars say was accidental.

Isaiah Stewart doesn’t believe LeBron James elbowing him was an accident.
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“There was a box-out at the free-throw line,” James told reporters. “His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you see, if you watch the movie — it gave me a little bit of balance and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim, Tried to swim on him, on his arm. And when I leaned on his arm, he lost his balance and the left side of his hand hit my face.

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“And I knew right away. So, I knew right away that I grabbed some part of his head. So I went to apologize to him and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But of course accidental .

James said his removal was warranted but the suspension was not. Upon returning Friday night, James was fined $15,000 for grabbing his crotch, which he said was in retaliation for two Pacers fans. Two Indiana fans of James sat outside the court during overtime.

“When it comes to obscene gestures and language, it cannot be tolerated,” James told reporters after the victory over the Pacers. “There’s a difference between cheering for your team and not wanting the other team to win, and things I would never say to a fan and they shouldn’t say to me.”


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