Lakers’ LeBron James suspended: Barkley, Shaq and the complete history of NBA MVPs suspended for fighting

The NBA has announced that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has been suspended for one match against Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart on Sunday.

A four-year-old MVP argued with Stewart for a free throw and hit a 2-year-old man in the face, causing severe bleeding. Stewart followed James but the two parted ways, both were released during the game.

MORE: LeBron James was released for shedding the blood of Isaiah Stewart in a Lakers-Pistons match

According to Pro Sports Transactions, this is the first time in his 19-year career that James has been suspended by the NBA.

They have joined a long list of 11 other NBA MVPs who have been suspended for assault or fights. Below you will find all the events along with the year, the number of suspended games and the reason for the suspensions.

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How many NBA MVPs have been suspended for striking?

All entries are by default Pro Sports Transactions.

NBA MVPs have been suspended for fighting
Player Year Game Suspended Because
LeBron James 2021 1 Getting to Know Isaiah Stewart
Nikola Jokic 2021 1 Push Markieff Morris
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2020 1 Hit the head Mo Wagner
2015 1 Shooting Mike Dunleavy Jr.
James Harden 2015 1 Getting to know LeBron James in the groin
Kobe Bryant 2007 1 Beating Mark Jaric
2002 2 Fighting Reggie Miller
Dirk Nowitzki 2008 1 Beating Matt Harpring
2008 1 Know Andrei Kirilenko
Steve Nash 2008 1 Great rivalry between Rockets-Suns
Kevin Garnett 2015 1 Shot head Dwight Howard
2008 1 Know Andrew Bogut
2007 1 Getting to know Antonio McDyess
Shaquille O’Neal 2002 3 Getting to know Brad Miller
1999 1 Fighting Charles Barkley
1997 1 Know Greg Ostertag
1995 1 Beating Eric Montross
Karl Malone 1999 1 Beating Anthony Johnson
Hakeem Olajuwon 1998 1 Fighting Antonio McDyess
Charles Barkley 1999 1 Fighting with Shaquille O’Neal
1996 1 Fighting Charles Oakley
1990 1 Fighting Bill Lambeer

O’Neal has been suspended more than any other NBA MVP for fights, counting four suspensions and six games missed due to disputes.

Barkley and Garnett have been suspended three times each, while players like Malone and Bryant could be at greater risk if you add up the time they were released and suspended for being beaten.

Nash is still the only NBA MVP suspended for escalating fights, although Stephen Curry received a fine for the same reasons in 2013.

James joins MVP Nikola Jokic as the second winner to receive a suspension for striking this season.

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