Miami Heat Suspends Dion Waiters After Bizarre Marijuana Gummies Incident
Miami, FL – The Miami Heat suspended Dion Waiters for 10 games without pay after a bizarre scene on the team’s charter jet on Thursday involving marijuana edibles.
Waiters experienced a “panic attack” on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles that’s being blamed on THC-infused gummies, ESPN reported.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) guard was reportedly passed out cold when the plane landed in Los Angeles and then had a seizure when he was woken up.
Waiters didn’t play in Thursday night’s game and was listed as out sick, ESPN reported.
The Athletic reported that a teammate had supposedly given Waiters the marijuana gummies that put him over the edge, but the basketball player is refusing to name the player.
The team released a statement on Sunday announcing Waiter’s suspension.
“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 Miami Heat wrote in a statement released on Sunday.
“There have been a number of instances this season in which Dion has engaged in conduct detrimental to the team,” the statement continued. “Accordingly, he will be suspended without pay for 10 games, including the Lakers game last Friday, and will be eligible to return after the Golden State Warriors game on November 29th.”
“We are proud of how our players have started the season. We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community,” the Heat said.
This isn’t the first time the NBA team has suspended Waiters this year, according to Sports Illustrated.
He was suspended for three games in October after he had an argument with Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra during a pre-season game against the Houston Rockets.
In fact, he hasn’t played in a game yet this season for the Heat due to suspensions, being out of shape, and illness, CBS Sports reported.
NBC Sports reported that the suspension would cost Waiters $834,483.
In his eight seasons in the NBA, Waiters has earned an estimated $54.4 million. He is making $12.1 million this season with the Heat.