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Isaiah Stewart arrested for assault after punching Drew Eubanks

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In one of the strangest incidents of the NBA season so far, an arrest was made on Detroit Pistons’ big man Isaiah Stewart for assault after he landed a punch on Phoenix Suns center Drew Eubanks prior to the Suns hosting the Pistons.

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The investigation is ongoing after Stewart was issued a citation and released, as first reported by AZ Family’s Mark McClune.

Eubanks told reporters following the incident that he was “sucker punched” by Stewart upon his arrival to the arena.

He added he never had any past incidents with Stewart, who is infamously known for an altercation with LeBron James back in Nov. 2021.

The Phoenix Suns released a statement shortly after the incident: “The attack on Drew Eubanks was unprovoked, and acts of violence such as this are unacceptable. We unequivocally support Drew, and will continue to work with local law enforcement and the NBA.”

Monty Williams and the Pistons’ side

Pistons’ coach Monty Williams did not agree with the Suns’ statement.

This was the Pistons statement they released prior to the game in comparison: “We are aware of the incident between Isaiah Stewart and Drew Eubanks prior to this evening’s game. We are in the process of gathering information about what happened and what provoked it, and responding to the NBA and local authorities.”

“Keeping the game first”

Eubanks would go onto play 18 minutes vs. Detroit, recording six points and six rebounds in the Suns’ 116-100 victory. Stewart was already listed as out with a left ankle sprain.

“You keep the game first,” Suns’ superstar Kevin Durant said postgame. “There’s a lot of noise around our game, a lot of s*** that comes with being an NBA player. You keep the main thing the main thing and all that stuff will fade away. It’s unfortunate what happened before the game. It’s supposed to be a brotherhood, but also understand dudes get into stuff and stuff may happen. You try to avoid that in this league, but s*** happens. Hopefully we can move on from it. We’re going to support Drew. We’ve got Drew’s back. He’ll move past it.”

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau


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