Heat Suspend Dion Waiters 10 Games Following Reports of THC-Induced Panic Attack


The Dion Waiters saga with the Miami Heat continues to take another wild turn.

The team has suspended the veteran guard for 10 games for "conduct detrimental to the team," according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinal.

The suspension comes after Waiters did not play in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers because he experienced a panic attack following the consumption of a THC-infused edible, or "gummies," per Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The 27-year-old had missed the previous game against the Phoenix Suns due to a stomach ache, and ingested the edible in an effort to seek relief. Waiters received medical treatment once the plane landed and did not attend the game, a 95-80 loss.

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is a banned substance in the NBA. The Heat released a statement explaining their decision:

Waiters has yet to play in any of the Heat’s nine games this season and has only been active twice. He was suspended for the first game due to “conduct detrimental to the team” after he voiced frustration with his role on social media, and has since lost his spot in the rotation due to the play of rookie guards Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn.

Nunn is averaging 16.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while Herro is averaging 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

The suspension will cost Waiters a $1.2 million contract bonus. He is under contract with the Heat through the next two seasons and is owed $24 million.

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