LeBron James says altercation with Pistons did not warrant suspension, was ‘definitely accidental’

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LeBron James spoke to the media on Wednesday about his one-game suspension after a brawl during Sunday’s win against the Detroit Pistons. Although he understands why he was fired, James does not believe the suspension was necessary.

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James and Pistons biggie Isaiah Stewart were both dropped in the third quarter, making it only the second time James had been dropped in his 19-season career. Announced by the League on Monday, James was suspended for one game for “negligent hitting”, while a bloodied Stewart was suspended for two games for “increasing on-court brawl” with non-player conduct had gone. James served his suspension against the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

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“There was a boxout on the free throw line,” James recalled after the Lakers’ 124-116 win in overtime against the Indiana Pacers. “His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you see, if you watch the movie — it balanced me out a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim , tried to swim on him. , on his arm and when I swung on his arm, he lost his balance and the left side of my hand caught his face. And I knew right away. I knew right away That I grabbed some part of his head. So, I went to him to apologize, and obviously you guys saw what happened after that. But of course accidental.”

James understood why he was fired, but believes the suspension was over the top.

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“I hate to see what escalated after that,” James continued. “I didn’t think it (the suspension) was necessary. I thought an expulsion was necessary because of what happened after that. I have, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously.” But a suspension, I didn’t think it was necessary. But the league made that call, and here we are today.”

The Pistons and Lakers will reunite on November 28 in Los Angeles.

Contact Annalies Bailey at [email protected] or on Twitter @enlisbelly,

During the third quarter of Sunday night's game, Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart, far left, went after Stewart suffered an injury to her face.



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