Miami Heat guard, Dion Waiters, has been handed a ten-match ban by the team’s management. The club cited conduct that was detrimental to the team as the reason for the suspension. This is the second banishment of the season for the twenty-seven-year-old. The suspension was announced on Sunday in a statement that explained the player’s actions.
Dion Waiters experienced a panic attack while travelling with the team to Los Angeles. The attack was reportedly caused by a THC-infused edible that he consumed on the plane. The emergency services crew had to attend to the star to ensure he was out of danger.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers had earlier missed a game in Phoenix due to a stomach upset. He allegedly took the edible to seek relief from his pain.
Why was Dion Waiters suspended?
Dion’s decision to self medicate has been said to be the main reason for his suspension. A statement issued by Miami Heat read;
"We are very disappointed in Dion's actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn't worse”.
The club believes that he has engaged in activities that are damaging to the team in the recent past. The use of THC by professional athletes in the NBA is outlawed. Former NBA commissioner, David Stern, recently said that the league should reconsider the ban on THC and CBD.
Dion Waiters 2019 career stats
Waiters, who is in his fourth season with Miami Heat, has had a tough start to the championship. He has only been listed twice on the active players' match-day list. During pre-season, he missed a couple of games due to personal reasons.
He also didn’t take part in match-day one as he was suspended. Waiters is yet to feature in more than 50 games in a season for Miami Heat. He has faced lengthy spells on the sideline with ankle surgery and several injuries.
Uncertainty looms around Dion’s NBA future
The Miami Heat star will serve his suspension period without pay. This means he will miss out on about $850,000 in wages. The ban also affects his contractual bonus. It is almost a sure bet that he will not get a $1 million bonus in annual bonus.
For him to earn his bonus, he has to feature in 70 out of the 73 remaining games. This is a fete that he is highly unlikely to achieve. The continued suspensions do not favour his relationship with Heats head coach, Erik Spoelstra.
Miami Heat's season so far
Miami Heat continues to build on their promising start to the season without the suspended guard. They currently sit fourth after nine games. Their last match was against Los Angeles Lakers which ended in a defeat.
Heat will continue their push with a Tuesday afternoon fixture against Detroit Pistons. Dion will most likely make his comeback in December. He is expected to contest for a starting spot on his next game.
Dion Waiters remains under contract with Heat for one year. With his ongoing issues, it is hard for the player to be traded. It is expected that he will reconcile with the team and try to earn his spot back. Dion had in the past taken to Twitter to complain about team selection. With the disciplinary actions constantly circling him, he is expected to be more careful.