Yesterday LeBron James was back in the Lakers uniform after missing the first game of his career due to disciplinary suspension. After 48 minutes, an overtime and 39 points, the Ohio man cleared the attention of an issue that has been on everyone’s lips since his game against the Pistons last Sunday. However, the standard question about the incident with Isaiah Stewart was sung. “It was accidental.”
A few days ago Shams Charania reported for The Athletic that James had asked for Detroit’s center number with the intention of apologizing. Although he did not corroborate if he was finally able to do so. The Lakers star did not mention this episode, but did want to relate the scene that ended with Stewart’s eyebrow bloody. “Fighting for the rebound, he hooks me and I lose my balance a bit. That’s why I scramble to push his arm away. At that moment he leans towards me and I know that I have hit some part of his face. I tried to apologize and obviously you all saw what happened.
James claimed to understand the expulsion at the time, but not the suspension. He says he took it so badly that when Rob Pelinka called to inform him, he did not want to pick up the phone. “It’s a hoax.” LeBron believes that everything that happened around the episode has gotten out of control. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons will meet again this Sunday and the Los Angeles player says he was unable to speak with Stewart. Although, obviously, you hope and wish that he also sees it as a misunderstanding and does not go any further.
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