Heat suspend Dion Waiters 10 games for 'very scary' gummy incident

Cassandra NegleyYahoo Sports Contributor
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/miami/" data-ylk="slk:Miami Heat">Miami Heat</a>'s <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5010/" data-ylk="slk:Dion Waiters">Dion Waiters</a> faces another suspension already this season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Miami Heat's Dion Waiters faces another suspension already this season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters has been suspended 10 games by the team after he took a gummy before boarding a team flight.

Waiters reportedly took a THC-infused gummy after the team’s 124-108 win against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. The team was en route to Los Angeles and he reportedly took it for stomach pain, but Waiters, 27, had a panic attack while on the plane. He received medical attention upon landing and did not play in Friday’s game.

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On Sunday, the team announced Waiters’ punishment and called the debacle a “very scary situation” that could have ended a lot worse.

The NBA does not allow the use of THC. Waiters was given the gummy by a teammate, The Athletic reported, but he won’t say who supplied it.

Waiters had an earlier suspension due to “conduct detrimental to the team.” He reportedly had a disagreement with head coach Erik Spoelstra. He’s been active for only two games, but dressed for none.

He is in the third year of a four year, $52 million deal. ESPN reported Saturday it includes a clause that would result in a missed $1.2 million bonus if he misses three more games. It seems that money is now gone with a 10-game suspension ahead.

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