Just days after being treated for a medical emergency on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, the Miami Heat have suspended guard Dion Waiters for 10 games, citing conduct detrimental to the team.
The move marks Waiters’ second suspension of the season and comes just days after the Syracuse product had a panic attack on the team plane. Waiters reportedly passed out on the flight after consuming a THC-infused edible. Upon being woken up in L.A., the Heat guard had a seizure.
Waiters missed Miami’s game in Phoenix because of a stomach ache and reportedly was seeking relief when he took the edible. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, he reportedly was given the edible from a teammate.
Waiters was listed as out for Friday’s game with the Lakers due to illness.
"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 team said Sunday in a statement. “There have been a number of instances this season in which Dion has engaged in conduct detrimental to the team. 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 Nov. 29."
The 10-game suspension will likely cost Waiters at least $834,483 in salary.
It’s been a tumultuous season for Waiters, who 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. He also missed time during the preseason for what Miami labeled as personal reasons.
The hot starts by rookie guards Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn have only further pushed Waiters down the depth chart.
Miami is idle on Sunday and Monday before taking on the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.