Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters had a panic attack on the team’s flight to Los Angeles Thursday night after consuming a THC-infused edible, as first reported by Andy Slater of the Miami radio station 640 AM and later confirmed by ESPN.
Waiters passed out on the team’s flight leaving Phoenix. According to Slater, upon being woken up in L.A., the Heat guard had a seizure. Waiters reportedly received medical treatment upon landing.
The Syracuse product missed Miami’s game in Phoenix because of a stomach ache and reportedly was seeking relief when he took the edible.
He was listed as out for Friday’s game with the Lakers due to illness.
League rules prohibit the use of THC.
Waiters' mother, Monique Brown, took to Instagram on Saturday morning and posted the following message: “Please don’t Believe the rumors the media will report fake news to get clicks and likes ... smh none of that mess is true!”
“Thanks to all who reach out to us concerning [Waiters]," she added. "He’s good ... We appreciate it.”
The Heat declined to comment, citing medical confidentiality laws.
Waiters was suspended for the Heat’s season opener and has been on the active list for only two of the team’s nine games this season, failing to get in a game. He also missed time during the preseason for what Miami labeled as personal reasons.
The Heat host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and Waiters' status is unknown. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.