Heat guard Dion Waiters had panic attack after consuming edible, sources say


Dion Waiters has not played for the Heat this season, and that streak continued Friday under freakish circumstances.

According to ESPN, which cited sources, Waiters was suffering from a stomach ache and seeking relief when he ingested the unfamiliar substance after the team's victory over the Phoenix Suns.

ESPN reported Waiters had a panic attack on the team charter flight Thursday night after taking an edible infused with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, which is prohibited in the National Basketball Association.

It was confirmed by sports journalist Andy Slater after the plane landed, adding in his reporting that Waiters suffered a seizure upon being awakened. Multiple reports have indicated that Waiters holds practically no value in the NBA's trade market.

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Here's what we know that is factual: Waiters was suspended for the season opener due to conduct detrimental to the team and did not make the team's road trip to begin the season.

Waiters flew back to Miami with the Heat on Saturday.

As far as official injury reports go, the Heat listed Waiters as out with a stomachache ahead of their Thursday night game, before the team flight, and as out with an illness last night. He has also missed time during the preseason due to personal reasons.

Waiters is subject to lose out on a $1.2 million contract bonus if he misses another four games with the Heat this season.