Heat Suspend Dion Waiters 10 Games For 'Conduct Detrimental To The Team'

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Dion Waiters has been handed a 10-game suspension by the Miami Heat, with the team citing multiple examples of conduct detrimental to the team as the reason for his second banishment of the season.

Dion Waiters #11 and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat talk during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 3, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

The suspension will be costly for Waiters. The Heat lost on Friday night to the Lakers, and Waiters did not play due to illness. He was initially suspended for the first three games for "conduct detrimental to the team" after criticizing his usage on social media.

Dion Waiters has not played for the Heat this season, and that streak continued Friday under freakish circumstances. "We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the National Basketball Association community". He was found unconscious when the plane landed, and when he was finally woken up. he reportedly had a seizure.

Waiters experienced a "panic attack" on the team's flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles after consuming a THC-infused edible, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski.

The ESPN report stated that Waiters sat out Thursday's game in Phoenix with a stomachache, and that he turned to the edible looking for relief, but was not familiar with the edible.

The Heat is still unsure what the caused the medical situation on the team plane Thursday night, according to a source.

Dion Waiters' mother posted on Instagram Saturday morning to dismiss a report about her son's health.

Brown went on to post: "Thanks to all who reach out to us concerning [Waiters]".

Waiters is in the third year of a four-year, $52 million contract. That bonus was for playing in at least 70 regular season contests.

The incident complicates what already was a hard stretch for Waiters, who missed time during preseason for what the team said were personal reasons.

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