The marriage between the Miami Heat and Hassan Whiteside continues to shake.
With 40 seconds remaining in the Heat’s disappointing 105-90 loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday night, Whiteside stood up from the bench and went into the tunnel. The Heat center said that he needed to go to the bathroom, but Erik Spoelstra called the behavior “unacceptable.”
Erik Spoelstra said Hassan Whiteside exhibited “unacceptable behavior” leaving bench early last night. Added matter was handled internally.— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 5, 2018
Hassan Whiteside said he left the bench to go to the bathroom. "I think it was a bigger deal because it was me."— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) December 5, 2018
After the game Tuesday night, Dwyane Wade said that Whiteside’s early exit was for a bathroom break. Spoelstra said he didn’t know why his center left the bench before time expired.
Whiteside shooting postgame on practice court so no answer yet in why he left court early. Wade said it was for bathroom break.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 5, 2018
Whiteside did not tell Spoelstra why he left the bench early and went to locker room with less than a minute left. Spo: "He’s probably extremely upset like we all are."— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 5, 2018
Whiteside had previously complained about his lack of playing time. He again wasn’t on the court in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Did Whiteside truly have to go to the bathroom, or was he frustrated that he was not playing crunch-time minutes? Are both statements true?