Posted December 28, 2012

NBA to review Wade’s low blow to Sessions

Ben Golliver, Charlotte Bobcats, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, Ramon Sessions

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By Ben Golliver

It’s hard to know definitively whether this was intentional or not, but it looks unusual and incredibly painful.

With the Heat leading the Bobcats 83-79 with 8:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, Heat guard Dwyane Wade delivered a below-the-belt shot to Ramon Sessions with his leg, sending the Bobcats guard to the ground in pain.

Sessions appeared to foul Wade intentionally to slow down a potential transition opportunity. Wade initially tried to avoid the contact by dribbling hard to his right but couldn’t escape Sessions’ grasp. He then followed through with a left kicking motion directly to the groin of Sessions, which caused him to double over. Once back on his feet, Sessions appealed to Wade, as if to ask him why he had done that, and the two exchanged words before an official intervened. The conversation continued for roughly 20 seconds.

No additional fouls — flagrant, technical or otherwise — were assessed aside from Sessions’ initial foul.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Sessions said after the game that he felt the blow was intentional and that the NBA league office is reviewing the play.

“I thought he did it on purpose, and it wasn’t called,’’ said Sessions, who made seven of 12 shots from the field.

ESPN.com also reported that the league office will take a look at Wade’s action to see if it warrants disciplinary action.

Earlier this season, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo accused Wade of making “dirty plays” during his career.

Video via YouTube user NBACalifornia | Hat tip: @CardboardGerald

20 comments
Applejuice
Applejuice

Man, what a bunch of cry babies here. Never played streetball I guess and all born after 1990.....

Jerry11
Jerry11

I was going to comment on the clown show known around the world as the NBA, but RenoNoone said it all . . . "NBA=WWE"

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

NBA = WWE.

Nothing more needs to be said.

Mark4
Mark4

Nothing will happen.  There are two standards:  one for the NBA's golden child teams and one for everyone else.  The Heat could have rested four players against the Spurs with 5 days off before the game, and the NBA would have done nothing.

Nate Bynum
Nate Bynum

Any Acting 101 student can see that was intentional...and poorly executed. Bad acting on Wade's part. How the refs missed that one, I don't know. Perhaps they should take an acting class.

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

Hey, at least he didn't give it the old Chris Paul grab, yank and twist move he executed while at Wake... now THAT was an all-timer.

jackie
jackie

Wade is a loser.  Tired of the NBA protecting him.

Stewpedhuscle
Stewpedhuscle

@EltonM Come on baby, you're better than that! Wade is arguably the 2nd (right behind Reggie Evans) dirtiest player in the game right now. Don't believe me? Go take a quick look on Youtube & see what you find. It's sick how this little pretty boy "has-been" gets away with this chit. His athleticism is diminishing & he don't like it. He can't bring himself to accept certain players are fast enough or good enough to hang with him now, so his frustration boils over & this is what you get in return....situations like this where he acts out. Make no mistake, he's a crybaby PUNK, a pretty boy who's career is beginning to "PETER OUT". It's funny, he reminds me of this dooosh - bag "has-been" that plays rec ball at our gym, Chaz.

EltonM
EltonM

Anyone who's ever played ball knows this wasn't intentional. Sessions shoved him and your natural instinct is to lift your leg up to balance yourself. Wade is a tremendous player and remain one of the most exciting to watch today.

bwedz11
bwedz11

Dirty and a crybaby.  If someone makes a clean play on him and he misses or loses the ball he whines because there is just no way someone made a good play on him.  Happened last night on a charge. While he accepted the charge by raising his hand he gave the ref a dirty look.  Total baby.  Won't miss him when he retires

McGibblets
McGibblets

It's disgusting how Wade gets away with what he does.  He is one of the dirtiest players of his generation.  The league protecting him is embarrassing.

 

His shove-from-behind of a defenseless Darren Collison was the dirtiest play I've seen in years.  He wasn't even ejected from the game for it.  He got a Flagrant-1.  He should have immediately been ejected form the game and suspended for the next game.  It was as dirty as a play can get when someone isn't even attempting to make a play on the ball.  His sole purpose was to bull-rush Collison and knock him off the court.  Why?  Because Baby Wade was upset that he turned the ball over and gave up a fast break.

 

Wade is a loser.

trabbani
trabbani

Just look at his shove of Rip Hamilton, his flagrant shove on Collison, him breaking Kobe's nose, and what more evidence do you need?  It's a shame that the league encouraged this behavior by giving him a wholly fraudulent title in 06.

liam
liam

He's dirty and cheap and protected by corrupt refs. 

IslandDave88
IslandDave88

@Mark4For one, Wade has been suspended for the upcoming Pistons game. For another, you're missing the point of why the league cared so much for that particular Spurs-Heat TNT game - it was a nationally televised game in which the expected viewership is fairly high, meaning that ad revenues are similarly high. The NBA would've been even more punitive/angered if LeBron, Wade, and Bosh sat out that game... because most viewers would.

 

It's okay to be a hater, but don't be such an ignorant one.

Jerry11
Jerry11

 @EltonM Do you work for Commissioner Stern?  Nobody's buying what you're selling.

Nate Bynum
Nate Bynum

 @EltonM Anyone who has ever played can see that WAS intentional. The time delay was too great; bad acting on Wade's part.

trabbani
trabbani

 @EltonM You're embarrassing yourself. I've played ball.  This was clearly intentional. The ref-made hack has lost all benefit of a doubt.

Azcats11
Azcats11

 @EltonM Disagree, he has commited numerous actions over the course of the past few years that make you think otherwise.  Breaking Kobe's nose in an ass star game, the hip check on Darren Collinson in the playoffs.  Maybe he was fouled, but the knee was intentional.

IslandDave88
IslandDave88

 @trabbani I'm not at all a Wade fan, in fact I agree that he's committed some intentionally dirty plays, but please explain how the '06 title was "wholly fraudulent" and how it connects to your examples.