Miami Warmth guard Dion Waiters issued an announcement Saturday expressing regret for an airplane incident that led to the veteran being suspended for 10 video games.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, basketball employees, the followers and all the group for the incident that occurred on the group aircraft,” Waiters stated in an announcement. “I used to be fallacious and take duty for what occurred and am sorry for what it put everybody by.
“I’m joyful to be again with my teammates and am wanting ahead to getting again on the court docket enjoying basketball.”
Waiters returned to Warmth follow Saturday, and coach Erik Spoelstra stated Waiters addressed the group.
“His conditioning is a minimum of at a stage the place we will work with him and get him to the following step,” Spoelstra stated. “And we simply wish to put this all behind us, get him with the group, and transfer on from right here.
“Look, we have had sufficient time round one another, we perceive that numerous issues occur over the course of an NBA season. What we mentioned within the sanctuary of our locker room, I simply wish to preserve between us. However we wish to transfer on from this and get him again with the group.”
Waiters skilled a “panic assault” on Nov. 7, throughout Miami’s flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, after consuming a THC-infused edible, sources instructed ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski.
The incident led to Waiters being suspended 10 video games with out pay by the group — that suspension ended with Friday evening’s win over the Warriors.
Dion Waiters issued an apology on Saturday for the incident that led to his 10-game suspension from the Warmth. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports activities
Though cleared to return, it’s unsure when Waiters will truly make his season debut for the Warmth.
He has solely been energetic for 2 of Miami’s 18 video games this season, however has but to decorate and sit on the bench for a recreation.
The group suspended Waiters for its season opener for “conduct detrimental to the group” after he expressed frustration about his position on the group on social media. He additionally missed time through the preseason for what the group labeled private causes.
The Warmth (13-5) enter play Saturday third within the East and subsequent play Sunday in Brooklyn in opposition to the Nets.