As an adult, faking sick isn’t too hard– all you’ve really gotta do is have a convincing cough and lay low. But for some reason, no one ever told Dion Waiters the unwritten rule of playing hooky.
The Miami Heat guard told the team last week that he was unable to play or practice last week because of illness. But instead of keeping things quiet, he took to Instagram to post a picture of himself on a boat. The Heat franchise responded by suspending Waiters six games through December 23.
The punishment is so harsh because this isn’t the 28-year-old’s first f*ck up this season. According to the Miami Herald, he’s been “complaining on the bench during the preseason finale, refusing to do a required weigh-in and several inappropriate posts on social media.
Famed coach Pat Riley, who’s an exec for the Heat is known for being hardnosed and is a stickler for strength and conditioning, so it’s not surprising that the franchise is trying to figure out how to part ways with Waiters.
In October, sources told Heavy‘s Sean Deveney that Waiters has been on the trading block “since last Christmas” but his behavior is making it difficult for the Heat to make deals with one of the other 29 franchises.
“No one was trying to take him on,” an unnamed general manager told Deveney. “He has had just kind of junk attached to him just about his whole career.”
Waiters is a Philly native that was surprisingly the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft because in his two years at Syracuse he was never a starter.
2 Time NBA Champion Chris Bosh Jersey Retired By The Heat, #NBATwitter Reacts
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Nothing but respect for Chris Bosh. Truly. But Miami retiring his # seems a bit of a stretch. This was his Heat career. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/JcB6wWHgGl— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) March 26, 2019
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Another thread before Bosh night starts ...— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 26, 2019
Everyone remembers LeBron in Game 6 vs Boston in 2012.
But @chrisbosh was enormous for Miami in Game 7. 8 for 10 from the field, 3 for 4 from 3, and the famous finger-pistol to someone in the crowd after one of those corner 3s. pic.twitter.com/tN8GjNApKq
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"This is a moment to thank him." @dwyanewade says tonight's ceremony of retiring @chrisbosh's jersey is something that recognizes the big man's impact not only on the @MiamiHeat but also on the community. #HeatCulture #ThankYouChr1s pic.twitter.com/EtmjWuvkAq— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) March 26, 2019
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There's a lifetime of basketball highlights of @chrisbosh but the man has a HOF LIFE. How bout we talk about him learning guitar a few years ago & being so good he played a gig with Buddy Guy! CB is 1 of 1 #ThankYouChr1s #BestNeighborWithGreatSnacks 🤗 https://t.co/HFgQY8PzjG— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 27, 2019
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LeBron thought about going to the Chris Bosh Jersey ceremony but didn’t want to test the NBA😂 pic.twitter.com/EvtHjShAJ0— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 27, 2019
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A lot of energy and emotions for Chris Bosh jersey retirement.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 27, 2019
Dwyane Wade called him “the piece and the person that made the Big 3 era legendary.” pic.twitter.com/RnhAbT5iqN
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Dion Waiters Suspended By Miami Heat For Calling Out Sick… Then Posting A Photo Of Himself On A Boat was originally published on cassiuslife.com