In the second half of Sunday’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James inadvertently hit Isaiah Stewart in the head and things got extremely heated. Stewart, who ended up bloody from the incident, made a beeline for James and both players were ejected for their actions.
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In an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that James tried to obtain Stewart’s phone number after the game. James reportedly wanted to apologize for his role in the melee and make it clear that he didn’t intend to hit Stewart.
“I’m told LeBron James did try to track down Isaiah Stewart’s number postgame to apologize to Stewart again and let him know that it was an inadvertent hit to his face, and so the league is going to have to review it,” Charania said. “This is not something that’s common with him. This would be a first-time offense for him, so I think you would have to factor that in for any type of league discipline.”
This marks the first suspension of James’ NBA career.
It’s worth noting that the Lakers and Pistons will face off on Nov. 21. Obviously, both players will have served their suspensions by then, so it’ll be interesting to see if there are any more fireworks stemming from Sunday’s situation.
During his eight years in Texas, Kinsler hit for a .273 batting average and hit a total of 156 home runs.
He also drove in 539 runs and had an OPS of .804.
Kinsler and the Rangers came to within one strike of winning the World Series in 2011 before the St. Louis Cardinals battled back to force Game 7 and ultimately defeat them, but he was a key piece of the puzzle and helped turn the Rangers into a contender.
He also spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres, winning his only World Series ring in 2018 with Boston.
But he’s best known for his contributions in Texas.
Kinsler was selected to four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove Awards during his 14-year career.
Now, he’ll officially rejoin the Rangers in a new position as the team looks to build off of a strong offseason and bounce back into contention.