Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game for “elbowing Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk in the back of the neck,” the league announced on Tuesday via official release.
This honestly comes as no surprise.
Whiteside’s hit didn’t even come on a play where Olynyk had the ball. Instead, Whiteside simply ran up behind Olynyk and decked him, which the officials ruled to be a flagrant two foul at the time, causing Whiteside to be ejected.
Whiteside expressed regret for his actions at the team’s practice on Tuesday, and said he reached out to Olynyk to apologize.
He’ll serve the suspension on Wednesday when the Heat host the Nets.