Posted March 07, 2013

NBA suspends Heat’s Wade for low blow to Bobcats’ Sessions

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

By Ben Golliver

The NBA announced Thursday that Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for “flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of the Charlotte Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions” during a Wednesday night game.

Wade will not be available for Miami’s game Friday against the Pistons in Detroit. The suspension will cost Wade roughly $156,200 of his $17.2 million salary.

Wade’s low blow came after Sessions fouled him near midcourt with the Heat leading the Bobcats 83-79 with 8:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. Miami went on to win the game 105-92.

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.

Wade tweeted on Thursday that the kick wasn’t intentional.

“I’m far from being a dirty player and my intent was never to kick Ramon Sessions,” Wade wrote. “I just reacted to the contact that I got from him. More than anything, I think of my boys watching me before retaliating toward any player. I’m moving forward  and ready to get back on the court in Milwaukee.”

The Charlotte Observer reports that Sessions said after the game that he felt the blow was intentional.

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

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

Video via YouTube user NBACalifornia

28 comments
fgarza51
fgarza51

1 Game Suspension!!! Come on Man!!! He didn't even apologize about it. If it was a accident then it would and apologetic Wade that would emerge but instead he stands by " I just reacted".

JamesDickason
JamesDickason

He kneed him on purpose and yes, he is a dirty player. He's got away with it before and will continue to do it again--

racerX
racerX

that cheap-shot would make Meta World Peace proud!  He broke a major unwritten rule among men.  Even in hockey fights, they don't do that.  His image is forever tarnished.

Jay17
Jay17

Of course it wasn't called.  He's Dwayne Wade and it's the NBA's (read:  David Stern's) favorite team.  The refs in the NBA are all subject to Stern's whims, and they know who to play favorites to.

s37en
s37en

SUH AND WADE. what fine role models for our youth. NOT! liberalism is a mental disorder. just look what it did to adam lanza

CoolCat
CoolCat

"Far from being a dirty player" my a**. It's about time he got suspended for something. Two dirty plays against Rondo still stand out to me. Last year, when he punched Rondo in the head, which very likely cost the Celtics their finals appearance. And the year before that when he pulled Rondo down causing his arm to be hyper-extended. Neither foul was called or acted upon by the NBA.

rakman
rakman

I blame Lebron :P

Bahia
Bahia

Really difficult to tell if it was intentional.  Only Wade knows.

lilneenie74
lilneenie74

oh please!  it was a clear reaction and totally unintentional!  besides, ramon got up immediately afterwards!  we have all seen wade's fiesty side, and that was entirely unintentional!!!  man up ramon!

Azcats11
Azcats11

Not shocked, and now his rep in the league is on full blast.  Wade thinks he is too smart and can avoid these type of suspensions.  Wade is a class @$$.

Cusefan2012
Cusefan2012

I love how the Youtube video they posted is titled "Dwyane Wade kicks Ramon Sessions in the balls..".  Very professional SI.

hanchueh
hanchueh

Just one game, or a fully decked out Audi R8.

dallasamemail
dallasamemail

What a cheap shot...clearly intentional foul to kick him....

Nate Bynum
Nate Bynum

Good call by the NBA. Don't know how the refs missed it. I am a D. Wade fan, but that was an obvious kick. Bad acting and behavior on Wade's part.

grenadetrade
grenadetrade

What he means is that he meant to kick him but his groin got in the way.

GEORGE12
GEORGE12

just one game. He always gets away with it...

revo74
revo74

 @s37en 

 

Blaming Wade's groin kick on liberalism is laughable. I think it's you who has the mental disorder. Try thinking for yourself instead of being told how to think and what to believe my some hateful guy on the radio who makes his living shocking audiences.

Daddy_Mac
Daddy_Mac

 @s37en Haha... what? Lanza? You mean the guy who was raised by a card-carrying NRA member and registered republican? What does that even have to do with anything? Right-wing nuts have gone off the deep-end.

Bahia
Bahia

I'm looking at it objectively without any bias, and I'm not defending Wade.  If it's intentional, then Wade is a liar.

s37en
s37en

 @Bahia you probably thought SUH didnt have control of his leg either....... sad

marker264109
marker264109

I'd lean 80/20 to intentional ... the natural motion of a person's leg (in reacting) would be to kick straight foward and not out sideways.

abigchocoholic
abigchocoholic

 @Bahia Are you kidding?  As if what, his one leg just skipped up and hit a guy in the groin because that's what legs do sometimes when a guy is dribbling?

marker264109
marker264109

so, you're saying that when YOU get bumped your body's natural reaction is to send one leg out at a 90 degree angle like some frikkin oompa-loompa ?

 

it was intentional, no doubt ...

brian64
brian64

 @Catori_Shadi   Who cares, what Suh got to do with this? last i remember Suh is in the N.F.L. and Wade is in the N.B.A.  are you saying the nba should have suspended suh?

 

Catori_Shadi
Catori_Shadi

 @brian64  @Catori_Shadi I'm sorry if you are too stupid to tie your own shoe laces, without written instructions, using short words. Controlling violence in a violent sport is even more important than in the NBA. Yet the NFL did not suspend him. Whether Suh should have been suspended, or Wade not, was NOT the issue. I was drawing parallels & the inconsistent response when an adult male assaults another. Now pull your head out your azz & see if your brain still works (if it ever did)