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League will not upgrade foul, punish Dwyane Wade for cheap shot on Collison

May 16, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

The league is going to stick with the Flagrant 1 call on that hit. Dwyane Wade got away with one.

There will be no fine, no increase to a Flagrant 2 call that would mean a one-game suspension, the league is going to leave the call as it was, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The league does do video review of all flagrant foul calls but somehow they were cool with this outcome.

The definition of a Flagrant 2 is “unnecessary and excessive.” How else would you define what Wade did? Is it that different than the shot Jason Smith of the Hornets put on Blake Griffin? A hit for which Smith was suspended two games?

The league office says yes. The Heat will have Wade for Game 3 in Indiana, where he will certainly get a “warm” reception. If Wade goes 8-22 shooting in Indy like he did in Miami he is going to have to witness a lot more celebrating.

  1. rpb1234 - May 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    This is the kind of horsesh!t rulings that the NHL is known for… Bad call.

  2. deiong - May 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    of course not that would ruin sterns attempt to give that james guy his ring. he wouldnt do whats right if it goes against that…. remember when he didnt want phoenix to win that brawl and he kciked out suns players for just standign up and not getting involved..

    maybe it wouldl be fun to document the gift of deciept from atop the nba ;)

  3. lmoneyfresh - May 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Not that it will change anything, but I would suggest any other fans who see this as obvious preferential treatment for D-Wade and the heat let their displeasure be known. Send the NBA an email here.

    http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

  4. dysraw1 - May 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    when MWP. slugged James the beard Harden i wanted in the worst way to defend him from crazy white folks. but i could not bring myself to do it because wrong is wrong anyway you look at it

  5. donfelder440 - May 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Filthy play, and an unsurprising ultimate outcome. You know what the worst part about this play was? Wade wasn’t even retaliating against Collison for a dirty play of his own or anything Collison did personally; rather, Wade was being a petulant child acting up at school because his parents didn’t get him the Christmas gift he wanted most. His flopping didn’t work ONCE and he goes nuts on an innocent player who had absolutely no way to protect himself against what Wade did.

    I’m from Cleveland, and I hate Wade far more than LeBron now. I would have never expected that. LeBron acts like a child, to be sure, but he doesn’t do dirty stuff like this.

  6. raidmagic - May 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Typical

  7. nayan504 - May 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    e-mail the league and complain!!

    http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

    our voices will be heard!

    we can all e-mail and tell them that was clearly a flagrant 2…if they get a million e-mails, they will have to give us an explanation!

  8. ezmagic - May 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    You make me sick NBA office! If it was a pacer taking out wade there would be a suspension…. Or If anyone would criticize the officiating I’m sure stern would suspend them.

  9. somekat - May 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    If this were anyone but one of the big 3 on Miami, Boston, or LA, it would of been a 2 game suspension (like it was on Smith)

    This is just another example of why the NBA is a joke of a league that has put the profitability of the superstar ahead of the game. After all, the league could stand to lose money if Wade wasn’t in.

    Even worse, what if Wade is suspended for 2 games, and the Heat wind up losing the series? An NBA finals without Wade/Lebron OR D.Rose. Not acceptable for the NBA. There is no way, no matter how bad they play, that the Heat do not make the finals. No matter who they play. The NBA will not allow that to happen. Everybody knew that, this just makes it crystal clear

    • obijuan13 - May 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      LA Had Bynum last year and Artest this year.

      • phaden27 - May 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        And Boston had Rondo this year, get your facts straight Kat.

    • gmsingh - May 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      The fix is in–David Stern says go easy on the ‘bankable’ Miami Heat.

  10. zblott - May 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    If the league won’t take Wade out for that hit, 1 of the 12 Pacers should.

  11. tampajoey - May 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Just another reason to hate the spoiled entitled Miami Heat and another reason to be happy when they’re sent packing out of the playoffs as losers again.

  12. lakerluver - May 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    What a crock of chit!! The NBA obviously wants the “Heatles” in the Finals.

  13. delfi2 - May 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Kurt,

    “got away with one” are you kidding me?

    First off, Collison weighs 125 lbs. soaking wet.

    How do you feel about Granger mauling LeBron and not even getting a personal foul?

    • nolimit5685 - May 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Wut will the excuse be when they don’t get a ring this year?

  14. nokoolaidcowboy - May 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Suck it Stern!

  15. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - May 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Stern is not welcome in Indianapolis.

  16. dal24la - May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    This is BS. If Collison had done this to Wade it wouldn’t have taken the refs 2 seconds to give him a flagrant 2.
    It’s not enough that Wade got away with breaking Kobe’s nose in the All-Star game?

  17. pistolpete0903 - May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Strictly from a basketball POV, it is a hard not flagrant foul.
    Having said that, if it was the other way it could have been a suspension for Collison.

    One thing which gets my goat is the acceptance around the league that fouls are not called fairly. How many times have we hard the commentators say that the star players will get the call and role players wont!!!

  18. ajsjr40 - May 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    This league has been protecting its TV stars for years. Who can be surprised by the lack of a response?

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