Dion Waiters and Miami Heat Have Reached ‘Breaking Point’
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 11, 2019,
Nov 11, 2019, 0:37
ESPN reported Waiters had a panic attack on the team charter flight Thursday night after taking an edible infused with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, which is prohibited in the National Basketball Association.
Waiters, 27, was benched Friday in the Heat's game against the Lakers due to an "illness".
Waiters, meanwhile, has been quiet so far about the allegations made by Miami radio host Andy Slater.
The ESPN report stated that Waiters sat out Thursday's game in Phoenix with a stomachache, and that he turned to the edible looking for relief, but was not familiar with the edible.
The next game Waiters, 27, will be eligible to play in following the suspension will be the Heat's road matchup against the Nets on December 1. League rules prohibit the use of THC, one of the main compounds in cannabis.
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The Heat is still unsure what the caused the medical situation on the team plane Thursday night, according to a source.
Neither Waiters nor the team had confirmed the report as of late Friday.
Brown went on to post: "Thanks to all who reach out to us concerning [Waiters]".
Waiters is in Year 3 of the four-year, $52-million contract he signed in 2017 and can earn an additional bonus of $1.1 million if he appears in at least 70 games this year. He is due $24 million this season and next.
The 10-game suspension marks the second team-issued suspension Waiters has served this season. He also hasn't been suspended by the team for the incident.