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Heat issue statement supporting Wade in face of suspension

Dec 29, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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Guys get suspended all the time for something the league deems dangerous to another player, most deserved but some not. The team and the player ususally take their punishment and move on without a word.

But after Wade was suspended by the league for kicking the Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions in the groin — a suspension that was totally deserved — the Miami Heat took the unusual step of releasing a statement.

“While we accept the decision of the NBA regarding Dwyane Wade, we do not agree with it,” the team said. “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 defenses take privileges with. We stand with Dwyane and support him in this situation and have made our feelings known to the league office.”

This should be seen as the team backing Wade, who said he did not do this intentionally and is not a dirty player.

The second part of this is key — the statement is clearly the Heat trying to respond to the “Wade is a dirty player” talk that has gained momentum in the wake of this latest incident. Wade is in a lot of ways the face of the Heat franchise and they are protecting that image.

Good for them. It was still deserved and Wade’s reputation did not spring fully formed from thin air. There is a reason people are talking.

  1. timb12 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Defenses take privileges with Wade? So he’s the victim….not poor ol Sessions’ balls.

  2. lastdukestreetking - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Wade has been one of the biggest whiners in the NBA during his career. Now his whining has rubbed off on team management. Very sad…

  3. fanofthegame79 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I disagree with both comments so far. Wade wasn’t even called for a foul during the game. The league officials took offense to the act after the game. If you want to see a dirty player, watch the NFL’s Ndamukong Suh.

    • bougin89 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      What an ignorant comment. Suh plays dirty after the whistle…so does Wade in this instance.

  4. cantonbound13 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Do you expect a classless organization to recognize dirty play?

  5. acdc363 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Come on we all agree he’s a dirty player lets just move on!

  6. chargerdillon - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    In his 10 years he’s never been suspended……….

    Wow….so the NBA has been letting him get away with cheap shots for 10 years, I guess I can understand the Heat’s feelings now.

    You’ve never suspended him before for cheap shots, SO WHY NOW?! Because clearly he’s never broken an arm, or a nose, or hit somebody in the nuts, and none of those are worth suspensions.

    As much as I like everything about the Heat but will always hate Wade, the Heat are right, it’s a little late to be punishing him for cheapshots, why start now.

    • scalfor3 - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      better late than never

  7. davidly - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Good for them, my internet @ss.
    How is this… “Unfortunately, he is the type of player, along with other players on our roster, that defenses take privileges with.” …anything but like saying, “Sessions deserved the knee to his nuts.” ?

  8. floridascuba1 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I think it was intentional motion to a degree. But I also think Sessions flopped to sell it. As it didn’t look like the leg went high enough for contact as it barely got above the knee.

    • haroldkahoney - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      Try having someone kick you in the jewels and let’s see if you have to try to sell it. maybe you should look at the replay.

  9. timb12 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Was Cousins called for a foul when he hit Mayo in the nuts? I really don’t remember. But officials miss things. Plenty of people have been reprimanded for things that weren’t called fouls. I can’t defend him kicking Sessions. It looks so blatant.

  10. urodaddy07 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Hey enough already!. He kicked him, it was intentional – doesn’t matter if a foul was called. He is suspended, he deserves it. He may be a dirty player,; does this play make him one? ,,,, No. Lets move on – new topicplease.

  11. urodaddy07 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Hey enough already!. He kicked him, it was intentional – doesn’t matter if a foul was called. He is suspended, he deserves it. He may be a dirty player,; does this play make him one? ,,,, No. Lets move on – new topic please.

    • sabatimus - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      New topic? After you say this play doesn’t make him dirty? Wow, ok then..

  12. sabatimus - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Heat standing by Wade? Just don’t stand in front of him.

  13. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    “Unfortunately, he is the type of player, along with other players on our roster, that defenses take privileges with.”

    what a gimpy, slimy thing to say. so lopsidedly false too. i’d be disgusted and embarrassed if my player and team acted that way.

  14. jtmartinez34 - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Boo hoo…. Dirty player he is. Wimp.

    • badintent - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Wade had a Rondo moment. Or a Howard Moment. Take your pick.

  15. bougin89 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    This is unbelievable. Maybe Wade didn’t get arrogant on his own but rather if you play for the heat long enough you just get that way. Will somebody please get Wade and the Heat a responsible/educated PR guy???????

  16. tampajoey - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Wade has turned into a punk

  17. haroldkahoney - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Anytime you defend someone who delibertly kicks another man in the bacon and eggs, you also make a fool out of yourself. The Miami heat organization surely drops a notch in the book of classy organizations. I’d love to see their statement had they been on the recieving end of that one. Dwayne Wade has now showed what a true punk he is.

  18. 24thesho - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Wade is still a great player but he used to be so chill and relatively low key then over time, a little before LB joined the team, he started becoming a real jerk. Wuttup wit dat?

  19. kavika6 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Just because he hasn’t been suspended before doesn’t mean he hasn’t deserved to. He gets away with almost everything because he can fool people into thinking he’s a good guy. He had me fooled a few years ago. But little lebron has been acting more like lebron since they’ve been together so it’s more obvious now.

  20. halfbaht - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    What a shock that the Heat came out and defended him. It was a despicable act. I’d never had a problem with D Wade, even though i hate Miami because of LeBron, but after this it’s hard not too. And as far the statement the Heat made, you and your fans wonder why people hate your team?

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