Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley admitted hitting himself during their preseason game Thursday against the Detroit Pistons, but denied it was the cause of the wound over his right eye.
It could be seen on video that Beasley gave himself two short punches on the right side of his face as he ran back down the court during the third quarter.
But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team officials said the wound above Beasley’s right eye was the result of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to block a shot in the third quarter.
“I watched the video, and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself,” said Beasley, who noted that many were calling and asking him why he was so crazy.
Beasley needed treatment to reduce swelling above his eye after Thursday’s game, where he finished with nine points. He later scored 13 points in 19 minutes in Friday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Sprint Center.
He said Friday he doesn’t need to cause any distractions or draw any negative attention to himself in his second opportunity in Miami, which drafted him second overall in 2008 and where he played for two years.
“I don’t want to be the reason the ship falls. I’m definitely taking it more serious than my first two years,” Beasley emphasized.