LeBron James thinks he’s got a rough deal.
The Los Angeles Lakers star returned on Wednesday from a one-game NBA suspension in a win over Indiana Pacers. He believes that he should not have been suspended in the first place.
LeBron: Hand ‘civilized’ Stewart’s face
James spoke of his suspension in his post-game media session, giving his side of the incident that sent blood from the face of Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart on Sunday. James said the contact was accidental, and that he “grabbed” Stewart’s face.
“His elbow got a little high, which threw me off balance a bit,” James said. “His elbow lifted my arm. I was actually trying to swim down on him on his arm. When I got on his arm, he lost balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. … Absolutely by accident. “
As for his suspension for Tuesday’s loss to the New York Knicks?
“I thought it warranted a removal because of what happened next,” James continued. “Because I’m probably still in the game and the excitement of the fans and what could happen after that is clear. But I didn’t think a suspension was justified. But the league made that decision.”
James was more blunt in his assessment of the league’s decision as he spoke to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Wednesday night.
“I mean, it’s a couple of bulls,” James told McMenamin. “But what does it matter.”
Was LeBron’s suspension justified?
While James was given a one-game suspension, the NBA hit Stewart with a two-game suspension for reacting the way you would expect someone to react after cracking in the face while boxing for a rebound. In case you somehow missed it, here’s the response that resulted in Stewart’s ban.
While Stewart was understandably upset, the NBA can’t let that reaction go away without some sort of suspension. Just like it can’t let James go uncontrollably for swinging his elbow wildly and bleeding an opponent’s face – regardless of his intention.