Dwyane Wade was suspended from Friday night's Miami Heat game against the Detroit Pistons for an incident that occurred during Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Wade allegedly kneed guard Ramon Sessions in the groin. The Miami Heat issued a statement disagreeing with the judgement, according to the Associated Press.
"While we accept the decision of the NBA regarding Dwyane Wade, we do not agree with it," read the statement. "In his 10 years in the league, Dwyane has never been suspended, and has been an exemplary player and positive influence to his teammates and fans and we have been honored to have him as part of the Miami Heat family. Unfortunately, he is the type of player, along with other players on our roster, that defense take privileges with. We stand with Dwyane and support him in this situation and have made our feelings known to the league office."
The Miami Heat star tweeted that he wasn't a dirty player but was just "reacting" to the contact he had with Sessions.
Wade viewed his mandatory night off as a rest period before Saturday's game against Milwaukee.
The Heat's coach, Erik Spoelstra said, "We're a no-excuse team, and we've prided ourself on that. These are the circumstances we've been given, and we feel that we have enough depth to overcome it."
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