Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions.
With 8:12 left in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 105-92 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday night, Wade appeared to kick Sessions in the groin after being Sessions impeded his progress towards the three-point line.
Sessions went to the ground, clutching his groin, but Wade was not issued a foul. Sessions was called for a blocking foul. The two briefly exchanged words on the court after the play, but the situation did not escalate any further.
"I thought he did it on purpose, and it wasn't called," Sessions said to the Charlotte Observer after the game.
Wade will serve the suspension Friday night when the Heat visit the Detroit Pistons, and return Saturday night in Milwaukee.
"I'm far from being a dirty player, (plus) my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him," Wade tweeted Thursday night. "More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player."
He said he was "moving forward" and ready to get "back on the court."
On Friday, the team released a statement regarding the suspension. It read, "While we accept the decision of the NBA regarding Dwyane Wade, we do not agree with it. In his 10 years in the league, Dwyane has never been suspended, and has been an exemplary player and positive influence to his teammates and fans and we have been honored to have him as part of the Miami HEAT family. Unfortunately, he is the type of player, along with other players on our roster, that defenses take privileges with. We stand with Dwyane and support him in this situation and have made our feelings known to the league office."