Miami Heat suspend guard over cannabis incident

The Miami Heat basketball organisation has suspended guard Dion Waiters following a ‘panic attack’ linked to him ingesting cannabis-infused edibles.

The suspension was announced Sunday (Nov 10), three days after the NBA player was allegedly treated for a ‘panic attack’ that started on the Heat charter flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.

The edible was reportedly given to Waiters by a teammate. Information about the identity of that teammate has not been made public as Waiters has reportedly been “reluctant” to name the person.

Waiters’ suspension is not solely due to the cannabis-gummy situation but also other incidents of misconduct by the player. The Heat released the following statement in reference to Waiters’ conduct:

“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. 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 November 29.”

Article written by Stephanie Moore