Posted October 12, 2013

Heat dispute reports Michael Beasley required treatment for punching self in head

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Michael Beasley scored nine points in his preseason debut for the Heat. (Allen Einstein/Getty Images)

Michael Beasley made his preseason debut for the Heat in a 112-107 road victory over the Pistons on Thursday, tallying nine points, two rebounds and, reportedly, one massive headache.

The Miami Herald reports that Beasley enjoyed a successful night overall, minus a little over-eager self-discipline.

Upset with himself over missing a shot, Beasley started punching himself in the head while running back on defense. He punched himself so hard that he needed treatment after the game from the Heat’s trainer.

The paper further reported on Twitter that Beasley’s eyebrow was “swollen” and that the team’s staff treated him using the same medical tools that a boxing trainer might use on a fighter during a bout. He apparently began punching himself after being whistled for a traveling violation.

UPDATE: Here’s video of Beasley punching himself after being called for a travel (via YouTube user NBillets):

Beasley, 24, signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with Miami in September. He did not play in Miami’s preseason opener against Atlanta on Monday because of a minor leg injury, but he saw nine minutes off the bench against Detroit.

The Sun-Sentinel also reported the incident, but noted that Beasley was happy with the first game action of his second tour of duty with the Heat, who selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft before trading him to the Timberwolves in 2010.

“It was fun,” the energetic forward said. “I didn’t think I was going to play. It was the first time back. I’m trying to find my way.”

He said he was disappointed about getting a quick foul upon entering, missing a defensive rotation and failing to come up with a blocked shot on Pistons guard Will Bynum, slapping himself in the head so hard at one point that he required postgame treatment from trainer Jay Sabol.

“Overall,” he said, “I give myself a B-minus, C-plus. I’m just trying to teach myself to do everything hard.”

On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that the Heat said Beasley also took an elbow to the head from one of the Pistons, and reported additional details.

Beasley said Friday he did hit himself as he ran back down the court during the third quarter of the win. But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team officials said the wound above Beasley’s right eye was the result of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to block a shot in the third quarter, not from a self-inflicted punch.

“I watched the video, and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself,” Beasley said before Friday’s preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Sprint Center. “I had everybody in the world calling me and asking, ‘Why you so crazy?’”

Beasley was released by the Suns this offseason following an August arrest on marijuana charges.

This isn’t the first time Beasley has suffered an unusual injury during a game. Back in 2012, cameras caught Beasley reacting to a gruesome finger injury while on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a game between the Timberwolves and Mavericks.

Video via YouTube user natepuccini23


meh, everything good he does is gravy for the Heat... if its bad they cut him ..... win-win


New nickname for Beas -- Fight Club !


Mental health is not one of his job requirements


hmm ..punching oneself in the head .. yea, we've got it, brain dead, literally .. you just cannot fix STUPID 


@Really..  I'm not expected you to understand this but some people have psychological problems.  I have a family member that is truly gifted and is highly successful at this point in his life but when growing up he would injure himself in similar fashion.  He would punch himself or stab himself with pencils whenever he made mistakes.  Through years of counseling he's not the same now but I'm not sure Beasley was afforded that opportunity growing up.


@danboz11 @Really.. Hi danboz11 .. didn't mean to offend you or anyone else, sorry if I did .. as you said, when your family member was growing up he/she went through extensive counselling I'm sure, congratulations to them .. in this case here beas is a grown-up young adult who can fully afford and has access to a full compliment services needed to help himself ..