Before transforming into Vintage Wade and scoring 38 points in a 4 point loss to Kyle “is back” Lowry and the Raptors in GM3, Dwyane Wade pissed off a lot of Canadians (the most polite people in the world if you want to stereotype) when he decided to continue taking jumpshots while the Canadian National Anthem was being performed.
I’m not sure if Wade was so much in the zone he couldn’t see everybody – with the exception of the ball boy who kept rebounding his shots – in the arena standing still and/or hear the words “Oh Canada” being sung by a little girl but I bet he will hear from the league about it.
Can you imagine how big of a news story this would have been if a Canadian or any international player would have done this during the National Anthem? In 1996, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was suspended and turned into a villain when he refused to stand for the National Anthem because of his Islamic beliefs. And this was before 9/11 and social media, while playing for the who gives a damn Nuggets. He was also at least quiet during the anthem; Wade was dribbling and shooting!
Besides Wade, another person who might have to push out an explanation or apology is ESPN commentator Mark “Born in Canada” Jones after this tweet.
Well, those “sensitive” fans who witnessed this also got to witness the Raptors win 95-91 behind 33 from Kyle Lowry.
During the following day’s practice, Wade was asked by The Palm Beach Post about the incident. He replied with an explanation, but not the apology many angered fans were hoping for.
“You’re always sensitive to anything throughout the world,” he said. “I’m not thinking about nothing like that. I’m thinking about what I need to do before every game that I prepare for and have been doing my whole career. I understand whatever’s said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. If anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful to their country, then they have no idea who Dwyane Wade is.
“No disrespect from myself or Amar’e (Stoudemire) or anybody. 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 with that.”
Couldn’t he just have quoted the beloved Canadian Justin Bieber and said, “is it too late to say i’m sorry?”