James was asked to leave the court, alongside Stewart, making it only the second time in his career that the athlete has been ejected from a game. The accidental blow left Stewart with a badly bleeding cut above his eye.
“You could tell right after the play happened, it looked inadvertent, and I’m told that LeBron James has made clear, whether it was on the court or post-game that it was an inadvertent hit,” Charania explained. “I’m told LeBron James did try to track down Isaiah Stewart’s number post-game to apologize to Stewart again and let him know that it was an inadvertent hit to his face.”
The scuffle has led to a one-game suspension for James, while Stewart received a two-game suspension for his conduct following the mishap. Stewart had to be forcibly restrained from physically confronting James after the blow landed.
James’ teammate Anthony David said of the incident that “everyone in the league knows LeBron’s not a dirty guy.”