Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James didn't think he deserved a suspension following the Isaiah Stewart scene. James unintentionally elbowed and bloodied Detroit Pistons' Steward over the weekend and he was ejected from the game later received a one-game suspension.
"Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call," James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. "As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, 'I know I'm suspended.'
"I mean, it's some bulls---. But whatever." James didn't play on Tuesday at the Madison Square Garden against the New York knicks. "I was devastated," James told ESPN. "It's my favorite place in the world to play, so I was looking forward to it.
But it is what it is."
James explained himself but still got suspended
"No. No," James told ESPN. "I had a conversation with whomever from the league calls when you have that. Asked me my side of the story, I gave them my side of the story and then they did what the f--- they got to do."
James insisted he absolutely didn't deserve to be suspended since it was unintentional. "There was a boxout on the free throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me -- if you look, if you watch the film -- it got me off balanced a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm," James said.
"And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So, I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that.
But definitely accidental." However, James thought he did deserve an ejection. "I hate to see that, what escalated after that," James continued. "I didn't think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that.
Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn't think it was warranted. But the league made that call, and we're here today."