A couple of Boston sports antagonists were in the news Thursday, one receiving a suspension and the other escaping punishment on an apparent technicality.
The NBA suspended Heat guard Dwyane Wade one game for his kick to the groin area of Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions during Wednesday night's game in Charlotte. Wade, who in the past has been accused of dirty play by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, flailed his left leg upon being fouled, but he continues to insist it was an accident.
Tweeted Wade Thursday: 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. More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player.
Sessions didn't buy Wade's explanation, saying after the game: "I thought he did it on purpose."
Meanwhile, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted two words Thursday in reference to his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy: I won.
Sherman had claimed that there were issues with the collection of his urine sample on Sept. 17 that involved a leaky cup.
"I know what the truth is and anybody else who knows anything knows what the truth is. The truth has been told today," Sherman told reporters. "People can say what they want, there are always naysayers. I have great teammates and great coaches and great fans and that's all I care about."
Sherman -- who famously taunted Tom Brady after Seattle's 24-23 victory over the Patriots on Oct. 14 -- received support and criticism following his announcement. Apparently, New England fans touched a nerve, as Sherman later tweeted: Pats fans enjoy ur day ;).
Read more about those stories and others -- including Tim Tebow's reaction to being passed over by Jets coach Rex Ryan once again -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup .