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Video: Dwyane Wade’s flagrant foul on Darren Collison

May 16, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

The question isn’t “is this a flagrant foul?” The real question is “should that have been a flagrant 2 and should Dwyane Wade have been ejected?”

This is clearly a frustration foul as it came directly after Wade thought he should have gotten a call, and also in the midst of the Heat coming apart at the seams in their loss to the Pacers. But frustration is not an excuse.

The rulebook says for a foul to be a flagrant 2 (meaning a suspension for the next game) it has to be “unnecessary and excessive contact.” How else would you describe what Wade did? He certainly didn’t make a play on the ball. I think you can make a good case he deserves a flagrant 2 and to sit a game, but my guess is he only has to write a check.

Why no suspension? Because Collison walked away — the league always seems to punish based on the result not the act — and because this didn’t really escalate.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I friggin’ hate this dude, and sore loser tactics (of course he does it when they were getting RUN out of the gym — before the refs helped them back into it) every year in the playoffs.

    To think, before the Cheat Fest in the 2006 Finals, I actually liked this dude. SMH.

    The HGH must have done it. Acts like a scorned girlfriend or something when he doesn’t get his way.

    And the call that he thinks he should have gotten? Jones going STRAIGHT UP and not touching him? While he contorts his body like he’s doing airborne gymnastics? STOP IT 5.

    Chalmers looking like a friggin’ 2nd baseman sliding for a web gem on that last shot hoping for a call when NO ONE touched him, is just an embarrassment to basketball.

    Then again, Joe Crawford doesn’t reward flopping. He may cheat otherwise, but no surprise the one game the Knicks beat them, he was officiating and DIDN’T allow the flopping to sway him.

  2. thebigkahuna23 - May 16, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    It should have been a flagrant 2. Wade made no attempt at the ball. Wade is the biggest brat in the NBA. In “wade’s world” he gets fouled every time the opposition touches him.

    My only question is does wade act all pissy and moan at the refs because he actually believes he is getting fouled, or is it all just part of a larger act to try and convince everyone he is getting fouled? Even heat fans have to think this guy is nuts after seeing him flop, then do his little wade pout, and go after a ref.

    • LilTmac2003 - May 16, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      I’m not a fan of the Heat or the Pacers, but from a basketball perspective that should of definitely been a flagrant 2.

      But I also agree with you about Wade. Honestly, I say about 85% of anytime he goes into the paint, he ends up on the floor. Always. Even look at one of the last plays of the game, when he missed the layup that would’ve tied it up. It’s instant falling on the floor once the ball is out of his hands…like dude get the f*** up and play.

      • baron30 - May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        it true wade has long taken cheapshots at ppl w/out having many repercussions. Just like last year when after Rondo knock the ball away, Dwayne took him down out of frustration and broke his elbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he4OY6gJNX4

        and…

        same thing with his cheap shot on Kobe Bean during a freaking all-star game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3mX8cbs-lk

        and…

        flying elbow to Rip Hamilton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKPdNQyASmo

        he should absolutely sit a game…the superstar treatment he gets is ridiculous

    • 24thesho - May 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      It’s so funny, Wade used to be kind of a cool kid but over the years he’s become kind of a jerk. Think about it, you make millions and millions of dollars and you let your sister still live in a area where her son, your nephew gets shot and not really comment on it, divorce your wife as soon as you’re set and tolerate a witch like Gabriel Union? Well, OK, I’d tolerate her, too, but if his hot and famous actress girlfriend has to be moved further away from the bench because heckling her boyfriend and the team, then shouldn’t that be a red flag? Oh yeah, what about those gay ass tight fitting close he’s wears after the games and are those glasses prescribed? All of this collectively is a little disappointing. Nothing against gay people, btw, but I’m just sayin’.

    • lyndseymarieee - May 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      he flopped at the end of the game too when he was going for a layup and didn’t get the call either. it’s so obvious.

    • avermaver - May 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      the refs gave him his one championship and he thinks he’s entitled, his behavior here is shameful. I hope the Pacers get him back for this

  3. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Diva Wade is one of the dirtiest players in the NBA. Remember what he did to Rondo last year? He’s dirty & a flopper!

  4. slyordie - May 16, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Looks similar to the Jason Smith on Blake Griffin flagrant foul.

  5. bobcat069 - May 16, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    This definitely should have been a flagrant 2. I will never understand how the NBA works. Rondo slightly bumping a ref can get him suspended a game, but this doesn’t even get wade get kicked out of this game

  6. muhangis - May 16, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    The saddest aspect of this story, not that Wade doesn’t get his much deserved flagrant 2, but David Stern is not going to do a thing about this. This isn’t that much less than what World Peace committed on Harden (and he received 7!)

    Wade has long been one of Stern’s precious pets, when it pertains to star players Stern has a clear double standard, and disrupting the Miami Heat from their road to the NBA Finals is the last thing you’ll ever expect out of him (possibly lowering playoff ratings.) This man has no credibility!

    But make no mistake about it this was a very vicious and nefarious foul! With very clear intent, at least with MWP the intent was somewhat questioned. Just sad is all I can say.

    • progress2011 - May 16, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      No one questioned MWP’s intent !!!! You totally discredited any logic from your paragraph!

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        This is just as dirty. James threw an elbow also. Not a suspension for either one. And Heat “fans” wonder why those of us who actually know, love and appreciate basketball HATE that “team” and everything it stands for?

      • conjecture101 - May 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        nobody in the mainstream media because they’re a bunch of cowardly puppets. Any NBA fan who watched the play objectively should at least consider the fact that the elbow was never intended to happen like it did.

    • squashpro2013 - May 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      I was equally disappointed with the commentators on the game and the analysts afterwards. Dwyne Wade had two cheap shots in the game that should have gotten him kicked out. Both were intention and both were dangerous. The push on Collison could have resulted in serious injury. However, the forearm shiver to the side of Stephenson’s head was even worse. The commentator’s initially made a comment that there had been an incidental collision at midcourt. Then when they looked at the replay they all shut up immediately, realizing that it was intentional. It was obvious that Wade had taken the opportunity to deliver a blow to Stephenson when no one was looking. This 2nd dirty and dangerous play in the same game is clear evidence of the type of player that Wade is. However, Stern and the commentators and the analysts have decided that he is untouchable, and as such will consistently ignore talking about dirty plays involving Wade that would get 95% of the players in the league immediately kicked out. I wish Stephenson had just stayed on the ground when that play occurred. If he had stayed down for a minute or two then the play would have been reviewed multiple times and Stern would not have been able to pretend that it didn’t happen. Stern needs to realize that Wade is going to continue to endanger players with his actions until he is sent a strong message that this sort of play is not part of the NBA. I think it would be great if someone with access to NBA video would put together a Dwyne Wade dirty plays highlight reel and post it on YouTube. It would focus attention on this in a way that Stern couldn’t ignore.

  7. boondocksaint224 - May 16, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Jason Smith was ejected and suspended two games for doing the exact same thing to Blake Griffin. Let’s see if the NBA has the stones to stick with the punishment that fits the crime. But chances are that the star treatment will be in full effect, and Wade will walk away free.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - May 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Li’l Dwayne, trying to be a bad boy. Probably figured he’s taken worse shots than that from Grabielle Union! lol

    • africanballer - May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      You sound pathetic, you attack a player for his stupid actions on the court not his private life

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        I’m convinced these posters are all between 7-12 yrs old. These insults and personal attacks are only heard in grade school. What a sad bunch of losers.

        And then he lol’s at his own lame as joke…How’s that even clever?

      • berbes - May 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        i believe you can attack a ‘man’ for his stupidity on AND off the court, my friend.

  9. jmlsnebraska - May 16, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    I truly feel horrible for Dwayne, the poor guy is fouled just about every time he touches the ball. He unfortunately gets hit so hard, he gets knocked to the ground dozens of times a game. Stay strong Dwayne, someday those terrible referees will give you more calls. nah…nah….nah….nah…nah, sorry, my alarm just went off.

  10. progress2011 - May 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    James Jones ???

    Who’s dog house is this guy in ? He shoots a better percentage than Chalmers, Battier and of course Miller.

    None of them are shut down defenders (not even Battier).

    It’s obvious the Heat need a consistent shooter, to spread the floor. Why Jones can’t touch the court, must be personal.

    If that’s the case, Spoelstra is not placing the best players on the floor, because of personal – non basketball reasons, then the Heat deserve to lose.

    • kappneffect - May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Dude…your trolling your dumb comments in all Heat related threads…what does this have to do with what D Wade did?

      • progress2011 - May 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        I work from home. So, when I’m not working, I enjoy poking a hot iron in your eye! Don’t like….so what.

        It’s about the Heat team, D-Wade plays for the Heat…I re-posted it. WHAT !!!

      • kappneffect - May 17, 2012 at 6:04 AM

        Hahahaha…. you would. Enjoy, man.

  11. raidmagic - May 16, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    “Why no suspension? Because Collison walked away — the league always seems to punish based on the result not the act — and because this didn’t really escalate.”

    Why no suspension? Because Wade did this to Collison. Had that been the other way around Collison wouldn’t have finished the game and would be suspended for the rest of the series.

  12. abchome - May 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Definitely a flagrant 2, essentially the same play as Jason Smith against Blake Griffin

  13. metalhead65 - May 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    this should end the charade of him being thought of a class guy and player. he is just a arragant jerk like the rest of the heat who feel they are entilted to special treatment because they are the heat. like raidmagic said if the roles had been reversed there is no doubt collison would not be playing the rest of the series. only heat fans can look at what he did as nothing more than just part of the game,another reason people hate them as much as their team. at least laker fans have earned the right to act the way they do as their team has actually done more than something more than talk about how good they are.

  14. jesweeney11 - May 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    It is bush league, but Wade is a petulant player. His PR is great as they always have him in this great light, but truth be told there is nothing special about his character in regards to basketball. I get the competition aspect, but that play could of injured Collison had he come down wrong.

    Come on Stern, step up to the plate. Flagrant 2 and sit a game.

  15. nolimit5685 - May 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    flagrant 2, yes, but stern won’t touch the heat, shame on him…

  16. truninerfan49 - May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    If that would have been Bynum or Artest, it would have been a flagrant 2 and a 2 game suspension.

  17. blueintown - May 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Flagrant 2, no doubt. Classless, gutless, chickens**t move.

  18. drunkenjunk - May 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    if it was reversed it would of been a flag 2 for collison.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      And a two-game suspension.

  19. comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    It was a flagrant 1.

    Anyone else see the cut away a few minutes earler, when he was runnign by the scorers table on an inbounds play, get a slight forearm and flails his arms and runs out of bounds like he got nailed?

    Was fun to see the ref just yell at him and not call the foul.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Flagrant two and ejection, followed by a two game suspension.

      Same for James and his elbow.

      But the league can’t break it’s porcelain cash cow, so no dice SMH.

      • comeonnowguys - May 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Why not just suspend the whole Heat team? I’m sure they’re all evil bastards and should be ashamed that they deserve to share the court with the wholesome, touched-by-God Indiana Pacers.

      • edweird0 - May 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        @comeonnowguys lol truth

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Yea! Suspend them all!! Forever!!!!!

        You guys are hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. purplejudas - May 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    The larger concern here: the segment of Danny Granger’s brain that told him to pass the ball

  21. limonadamas - May 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Let’s see… Rondo’s arm, Kobe’s nose (plus concussion), now this? I think anyone who says this isn’t a pattern of behavior is delusional. The same people railing on Artest should be railing on DWade now. Stern won’t do anything though. It’s the playoff$!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Rip’s face, Bibby’s shoe…

      • edweird0 - May 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        lol you’re REALLY gunna bring up the shoe? Dude you’re a loser

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Don’t worry Mr. Douche your Knicks still suck!!!!

        And will suck for quite some time. BTW Bibby and his shoes don’t belong on the court, that’s what DWade was hinting at.

        Wade has gained respect, MWP and the others being mentioned on this moronic conversation are minions. Get a clue.

        Don’t worry one day, maybe, just maybe, your sorry excuse of a basketball team will get farther than the first round… The Mecca HA!

      • scalfor3 - May 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        im pretty sure he was joking when he said bibby’s shoe.

        maybe you could defend your team’s petulant entitled attitude instead of going after other people’s teams.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 - May 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I friggin’ hate this dude, and sore loser tactics (of course he does it when they were getting RUN out of the gym — before the refs helped them back into it) every year in the playoffs.

    To think, before the Cheat Fest in the 2006 Finals, I actually liked this dude. SMH.

    The HGH must have done it. Acts like a scorned girlfriend or something when he doesn’t get his way.

    And the call that he thinks he should have gotten? Jones going STRAIGHT UP and not touching him? While he contorts his body like he’s doing airborne gymnastics? STOP IT 5.

    Chalmers looking like a friggin’ 2nd baseman sliding for a web gem on that last shot hoping for a call when NO ONE touched him, is just an embarrassment to basketball.

    Then again, Joe Crawford doesn’t reward flopping. He may cheat otherwise, but no surprise the one game the Knicks beat them, he was officiating and DIDN’T allow the flopping to sway him.

  23. davidly - May 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I agree with many; he should sit at least a game, which would help prevent this sort of thing. But I guess he probably won’t.

    Was it Paul George who was called for a block in game 1, a play in which Wade put his foot in George’s chest? Classic NBA superstar call. This’ll be no different, though I hope I’m wrong.

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