Rudy Gobert is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee after Waiters collided with him while diving for the ball. Gobert claims that Waiters did it on purpose, and called it a dirty play. Waiters didn’t like that, and expressed his feelings to Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel:
“I’ve never been a dirty player in my life,” Waiters said. “I went for the ball. Tell him to get out of his feelings and that’s what it is, just like that.”
“I didn’t even know that was him,” Waiters said. “I went for the ball, making a basketball play. He [goes] right to social media. I ain’t a social media guy. At the end of the day, that [expletive] don’t matter. Tell him to get out of his feelings. We won, they lost. So what.”
“If he thought it was a dirty play, you come to me as a man and you ask me and I’ll tell him the same [expletive] I’m saying now. I saw it on social media, late, after the win. I’m not a dirty player.”
The Heat’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra, told Richardson that he can see how it would look like a dirty play, but that he doesn’t think Waiters was trying to hurt anybody.
Gobert’s frustration is certainly understandable; he’s going to be out for over a month, and that’s a substantial period of time. It sucks. However, there isn’t really concrete evidence to suggest that Waiters was trying to hurt him, and this is a pretty serious accusation.