The National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat suspended player Dion Waiters for posting on Instagram a photo of himself on board a boat after he’d told the team he was ill and unavailable to play.
Ethan Skolnick of Five Reasons Sports Network first reported that the 28-year-old guard’s suspension “was inspired by an Instagram post of Waiters hanging out on a boat during a time when the team was made to believe he was unavailable because he was sick,” according to BleacherReport.com and other published sources. The report was confirmed by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The team announced Waiters’ six-game suspension without pay Dec. 12 and cited “failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination.” He will be eligible to return after Miami’s game on Dec. 23.
Perhaps Waiters hasn’t seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 1986 comedy in which teenager Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) and friends play hooky and skip school to cruise around Chicago for the day, including attending a Cubs baseball game — without getting caught.