Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/16/12

Dwyane Wade is making it more and more evident that he’s a dirty player, and his actions on Tuesday only confirmed that opinion. Early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Pacers and Heat, Wade forcefully shoved Darren Collison who was free on a fast break. Wade really ran into Collison as if he were a safety chasing down a receiver and trying to make a tackle. It was unnecessary and excessive physical contact on Collison, and he received a flagrant 1 foul for the play.

The NBA could choose to review the play and make it a flagrant 2 foul — which is what it should be. Wade should have been ejected for the dirty hit on Collison, but he wasn’t, probably because Darren recovered from it. You’ll see very quickly how much the NBA prioritizes fairness and objectivity with its rulings by what they do with this play. It should be upgraded to a flagrant 2 and there aren’t any questions about it.

What’s disturbing is that dirty plays have become a trend for Dwyane Wade.

That awful foul on Rip Hamilton is about as blatant and unnecessary as it gets. These dirty plays have made me reconsider how innocent Wade was with his flagrant foul in the All-Star Game that broke Kobe’s nose.

Don’t let the bright smile, fancy clothes, and phony “Father of the Year” award fool you; Dwyane Wade is a dirty player. It’s only now becoming evident.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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