LeBron James missed Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks after he was suspended one game for “recklessly hitting” Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face during their altercation in Sunday’s game.
Stewart was suspended two games for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing” James.
“It’s unfortunate. We all know that LeBron’s one of the classiest guys in the league and plays the game the right way at all times,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before Tuesday’s game in New York. “The league has their decision to make. It’s really 100% out of our control, so it doesn’t really matter what we think about it.
After the game, Lakers forward Anthony Davis defended James’s reputation, saying he’s known throughout the league as not being a dirty player.
“Everyone in the league knows LeBron is not a dirty guy,” Davis said.
That comment has since been challenged by a reddit user, who took the time to find all the dirty plays that LeBron has committed in his career.
Lakers mounted a furious comeback against the Pistons to win without LeBron, and although they did the same thing against the Knicks, the result ended up in a loss and dropped them to 9-10 on the year.