Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart punched Suns’ Drew Eubanks in face before Wednesday’s game: Sources



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Detroit Pistons power forward Isaiah Stewart punched Phoenix Suns power forward Drew Eubanks in the face in a Footprint Center tunnel before the teams’ matchup Wednesday, league sources briefed on the matter confirmed to The Athletic. It’s unclear what sparked the altercation in Phoenix.

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

According to league sources, both Stewart and Eubanks were chest to chest before a swing to Eubanks’ lip area connected. Police needed to get involved to separate the two and were called to the scene. Stewart left the arena with members of the Pistons’ staff following the altercation. The NBA is expected to receive footage to review.

“The attack on Drew Eubanks was unprovoked, and acts of violence such as this are unacceptable,” a Suns spokesperson said. “We unequivocally support Drew, and will continue to work with local law enforcement and the NBA.”

During a Nov. 5 matchup between the two teams in Detroit, both Stewart and Eubanks were extra aggressive with each other and were verbally sparring throughout the game.

Stewart has missed the last several games with an ankle injury. He joined the Pistons on their West Coast swing to prepare for a return after the All-Star break. Eubanks was warming up following the altercation and two hours before the game.

(Photo: Chris Schwegler / NBAE via Getty Images)





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