- LeBron James reportedly wanted to reach out to Isaiah Stewart following their altercation in Detroit on Sunday night.
- James and NBA insider Shams Charania think the hit on Stewart was ‘inadvertent.’
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LeBron James was ejected from Sunday’s game at Detroit after his violent foul that left Pistons’ big man Isaiah Stewart bloody.
James and Stewart got tangled up while boxing out for a missed free throw and LeBron viciously pulled his arm away which met Stewart around his right eye. Then, all hell broke loose with a bench-clearing scuffle breaking out between both teams.
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LeBron and Isaiah Stewart get into it 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 22, 2021
You can have your own opinion about whether or not James intentionally meant to hit Stewart in the face. While players get tangled up like that during practically every NBA game, James certainly swung his arm around with serious force, which Stewart didn’t appreciate that or the fact he was left bloodied up.
Obviously, James isn’t going to admit that he hit Stewart on purpose, and he’s certainly going to have a number of fans, fellow NBA players, and even media members come to his defense.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, James tried to get a hold of Stewart’s phone number after the game to apologize for hitting him.
“I’m told LeBron James did try to track down Isaiah Stewart’s number post game to apologize again and let him know it was an inadvertent hit,” Charania told ‘The Pat McAfee Show.’
It was ABSOLUTE CHAOS in Detroit last night Shams.
"I'm told LeBron James did try to track down Isaiah Stewart's number post game to apologize again & let em know it was an inadvertent hit" ~@ShamsCharania#PMSOverreactionMonday #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/NLUk1A4C6Q
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 22, 2021
The “inadvertent hit” description is an interesting one because it’s unclear if Charania himself is calling the hit inadvertent or that’s a direct quote he’s just relaying from whoever his source is.
Charania doesn’t directly offer up his own opinion about the punch, because he’s a real journalist, but he does point out that James has zero history of this sort of violence on the court.
Lastly, if LeBron wants a fellow NBA player’s phone number then he’s going to get that fellow NBA player’s phone number. Maybe he has reached out to Stewart, or maybe it’s smoke in mirrors, more details and eventual disciplinary actions will come out in the next day or so.