Dwyane Wade addressed the media on Sunday regarding his decision to shoot baskets during the Canadian National Anthem on Saturday, pleading that he meant no harm while blaming the action on time-clock management.
Wade garnered criticism on social media from fans and media members who took exception to his decision to shoot around during the playing of the anthem. He did stand in line with his teammates during the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” said Wade in defense of himself on Sunday. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”
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NBA rules state that, “Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.” And despite “O Canada” not being mentioned, NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league talked to the Heat about the situation involving Wade.
Wade said that because the anthems of both countries were played consecutively, his timing was thrown off.
“It was no disrespect from myself. And if anybody feels like it was, please don’t fill up my timeline with disrespectful comments because that’s not this guy right here. Find somebody else for that. But we’ll adjust our pregame routine for the next game.”
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