Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions.
The incident happened with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s 105-92 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday night. Sessions was called for a foul on the play. Wade will serve the suspension Friday night when the Heat visit the Detroit Pistons, and return Saturday night in Milwaukee.
After the suspension was announced on Thursday, Wade defended himself against accusations that he was a dirty player.
“I’m far from being a dirty player, (plus) my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him,” Wade tweeted Thursday night. “More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player.”
It was difficult to believe that the kick was not intentional, as Sessions rolled around on the floor in obvious distress.
But Sessions recovered quickly and jumped up to confront Wade. The two men exchanged words before being separated by the officials and players of both teams. The refs missed the now-infamous kick, but the NBA’s front office did not. The league suspended Wade for one game without pay on Thursday.
Wade will sit out the Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons game on Friday.