Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended for one game after kicking Ramon Sessions of the Charlotte Bobcats in the groin during Wednesday night's matchup.
While the ramifications of the disciplinary were initially delayed, the NBA did take action on Thursday. Wade will serve his suspension when the Heat faces off against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 28.
Wade took to Twitter to explain the controversial kick, which he said was just a knee-jerk reaction.
"I'm far from being a dirty player, + my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him," he said. "More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player."
Sessions voiced his opinion on the crotch shot after the game, according to USA Today.
"I thought he did it on purpose, and it wasn't called," he said.
Preceding the kick, Wade went on to score eight more points, bringing him a game total of 29 points. He also finished up with nine rebounds and five assists as Miami won its 20th game of the season by a score of 105-92.
Nonetheless, the Bobcats did manage to work its way back into a game that seemed one-sided early on. Although the team trailed by 17 points at halftime, they were able to rapidly narrow down Miami's lead to just a two-point gap (84-82) with 17:16 left in regulation. However, LeBron James put up a 3-pointer and two jumpers along with another 3-pointer from Shane Battier.
Despite strong efforts, the Bobcats suffered its 16th consecutive defeat to fall to a 7-21 mark. The respective losing drought is tied for the sixth longest losing streak in NBA history. Charlotte would need to drop ten more matchups to tie the longest franchise string of losses at 26, which was set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2010-11 season.