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Dwyane Wade apologizes for shooting during Canadian national anthem

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MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives on Cory Joseph #6 of the Toronto Raptors during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Criticized for shooting during the Canadian national anthem, Dwyane Wade said he’s not a disrespectful person.

But that sidestepped the major issue:

Wade was disrespectful.

I’m sure Wade didn’t intend to disrespect anyone with his Game 3 warmup, but he did. So, his initial response fell a little short.

The Heat star addressed it after Game 4 and said the two magic words: “I apologize.”

Wade,
via The Canadian Press:

“No disrespect at all from me,” he said. “I apologize for Canada thinking that I would disrespect them as a country.”

“I have so much respect for the Toronto Raptors, obviously, and I have respect for the country of Canada,” he added.


Good for Wade for owning that, even if he could’ve done so a day earlier. The delay made the issue bigger than it needed to be, but it didn’t enhance the initial offense. It just lengthened the the amount of negative attention Wade received.

Now, everyone should move on.