Report: Chris Bosh wants players union to force Heat to let him play
The Miami Heat will begin their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night, and Chris Bosh wants to play. In fact, Bosh has grown so frustrated with the team’s refusal to allow him to suit up that he has reportedly turned to the players’ union for help.
On his ESPN Radio show Tuesday morning, Dan Le Batard spoke about the disagreement between Bosh and the Heat. As has been reported through multiple outlets, Bosh wants to play and Miami’s team doctors have not cleared him because of his blood clot condition.
“It’s a super unusual situation,” Le Batard said, as transcribed by Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “I can’t think of a lot of instances where a sports organization is acting in what appears to be the best interest of the player over their own interests and against the will of the player. From the people I’m talking to, Chris Bosh wants back on the court and now, and the Heat on medical advice are saying absolutely not. They badly want to get to an Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron and they are telling him, ‘No, you cannot work.'”
Le Batard anticipates the situation getting even messier.
“Now I’m hearing the Boshs want so badly on the court that they’re trying to get the union involved,” he said. “They found a doctor who might be willing to clear him … For some reason, he thinks he’s good to go and I think it’s because he’s not showing the symptoms he showed the first time.”
Doctors have reportedly warned Bosh that a recurrence of blood clots could be incredibly dangerous, no matter how symptom-free he feels. Le Batard says Bosh has basically found one doctor who is willing to clear him while several others have given the red light.
It became very obvious that Bosh is unhappy when his wife Adrienne sent this tweet last week. While he certainly gives the Heat a better chance to win, you can’t blame the team for playing it safe. Bosh’s condition sounds like it is something that requires extreme precaution.