Miami Heat player Hassan Whiteside was suspended by the NBA today without pay for one game following his hard foul on Celtics player Kelly Olynyk. In Monday night’s game, Whiteside blindsided Olynyk and was ejected in the third quarter after the play was upgraded to a Flagrant-2.
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Whiteside was also ejected from the game against Phoenix Suns center Alex Len last Monday for tackling on the floor. The league has since released a statement detailing his discpline. Whiteside had a cumulative total of $40,000 in fines by the NBA prior to today’s suspension.
Whiteside apologized for the foul, saying:
“I feel terrible about it. It’s probably the worst 12 hours of my life, because just from the fact that we lost the game, and I let what happened with my personal stuff on the court affect the team. And I even reached out to Kelly, and I apologized and he said he accepted my apology and he wishes me much success in the future.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “We’re all in this together. This is a family matter. We handled it last night, and we handled it today, but we’re all in the same trench together. We’re not turning our back on Hassan. We’re going to correct this. We’re going to do it together.:
The Heat is currently ninth in the Eastern Conference. They face off on Wednesday at the American Airlines Arena with the Brooklyn Netson.