Dwyane Wade came under fire on Twitter on Wednesday for supporting Nick Cannon, who was recently fired by ViacomCBS for anti-Semitic comments he made on his podcast.
Wade has since deleted his tweet and clarified.
I want to clarify my now deleted tweet. I was not supporting or condoning what Nick Cannon specifically said, but I had expressed my support of him owning the content and brand he helped create 🙏🏾— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 15, 2020
I was too quick to respond without being fully informed about his hurtful anti-Semitic remarks. As you all know I have ZERO tolerance for any hate speech!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 15, 2020
Here is a screenshot of the original tweet:
Dwayne Wade deleted this tweet saying he was on the side of Nick Cannon’s anti-Semitic comments. pic.twitter.com/PgaEdnZp2L— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) July 15, 2020
Cannon’s anti-Semitic remarks were made on his podcast with guest Professor Griff, a former member of Public Enemy. Griff was fired from Public Enemy after saying Jews were responsible for “the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe,” according to Rolling Stone.
In the podcast, Cannon supports Griff and asserts that Black people are true Hebrews and that Jews have usurped their identity, according to the Associated Press.
In addition to other anti-Semitic comments, Cannon reportedly said, “I find myself wanting to debate this idea and it gets real wishy and washy and unclear for me when we give so much power to the ‘theys,’ and ‘theys’ then turn into illuminati, the Zionists, the Rothchilds.” The Rothchilds are a popular scapegoat for anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
Cannon has since apologized as well, saying “I have spoken with many Rabbis, clergy, Professors and coworkers who offer their sincere help. I must apologize to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters for putting them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know this whole situation has hurt many people and together we will make it right.
“I have dedicated my daily efforts to continuing conversations to bring the Jewish Community and the African American community closer together, embracing our differences and sharing our commonalities.”