MIAMI: Miami Heat reserve guard Dion Waiters was suspended for 10 games without pay on Sunday (Monday in Manila) by the NBA club for “conduct detrimental to the team” after an airplane incident.
The ban began with the Heat’s loss Friday at the Los Angeles Lakers and will sideline the 27-year-old American until a December 1 game at Brooklyn.
Waiters, who signed a four-year deal worth $52 million with the Heat in 2017, also had been suspended for the Heat’s season-opening victory last month over Memphis, costing him $83,448.
According to multiple reports, Waiters was involved in an incident on the team plane Thursday night on the flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, one involving ingesting THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
NBA drug policy prevents teams from commenting on such matters, but the Heat issued a statement Sunday announcing the ban on Waiters.
“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 Heat said.
“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 29th.