It's no secret that the Wade/Union fam is slayin' it lately. From their foundation supporting education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk communities, to product partnerships and business ventures, they're still on the up despite his retirement from the Miami Heat. Money moves aside, Dwyane Wade's interview on All The Smoke's podcast proves he's a down-to-earth-dude.
In the just over an hour-long session on Showtime's basketball podcast, Dwyane got together with fellow ex ballers Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson to discuss everything from The Heat to his passions, and even his kids.
It's been 16 years since Wade quit the game, and Barnes wanted to know more about how that's been for the player.
According to Wade, he's been having fun and wanted to show people that you don't have to be walkin' funny, divorced, or in debt to retire. He aims to inspire the next generation to add more fun into the world not only for yourself but for others too.
Wade also made it clear that his love for the game is still there, but over time his professional passion for it fizzled.
When it became more about the business side than the natural joy of the game, it started to take too much from him and he knew it was time to leave the court and pursue his other passions including his brand and the Wade World Foundation.
When talks of the Miami Heat waved in, Dwyane was quick to show his love for The Heat's star player, Jimmy Butler.
"Miami and Jimmy is the perfect marriage and what he's doing for the young guys of the team — what he's doing for Bam, what he's doin' for Tyler [Herro], Kendrick — he's given them guys so much confidence. He's really sharin' the ball...they play amazing and the sky is the limit."
Dwyane's confidence in Jimmy just further goes to show that he's all about being down to Earth and supporting everyone, just like Butler does as The Heat's biggest cheerleader.
Matt moved on to talk kids, asking him about his 11-year-old son being homosexual and how that's affected his world view.
"I really had to look myself in the mirror..." said Dwyane, "My son at the time was 3 years old, and me and my wife are having conversations about us noticing that he wasn't on the boy vibe that Zaire was on."
"What if your son comes home and tells you he's gay? What are you gonna do?" He continued, "talk about strength and courage, my 12-year-old has way more than I have."
He went on to explain that he and his wife Gabrielle Union decide to parent with a goal to see each kid as they are and adjust their parenting style to help them be whoever they want to in this world.
Back in November, there was a lot of backlash after Union shared a photo of the family being themselves and enjoying Thanksgiving together.
It featured Dwyane's son decked out in what many would consider a bomb set of nails, who identifies as female.
Dwyane spoke up loud and proud at the time, and in the interview says he finds it important to use his platform to be the voice for those that can't speak for themselves.
"For me, it's just my version of supporting," said Wade. "It ain't about him, he knows who he is. It's about you. Who are you? Understand that you're the one that got the issues...it's not the kids."
The former basketballer went on to urge people to look at themselves and to preach acceptance, understanding, and unconditional love rather than hate.
"I've watched my son from day one become into who she now has eventually come into. Nothing changes with my love...my responsibilities; only thing I gotta do now is get smarter and educate myself more."
The message about love for his son using the preferred she/her female pronoun really struck a chord with commenters too, emphasizing that it's a positive message LGBTQ+ youth need in their lives.
Many called the Wade/Union family their favorite, with others mentioning The Smiths, Jame's, and Wilsons also being good examples of how to parent in modern society and culture.
And I’ll say it again. THE WADE FAMILY IS MY FAVORITE CELEBRITY FAMILY❤️ pic.twitter.com/ePFKAyqOpR— Drew (@drewdrew9696) December 19, 2019
One commenter was happy to see the celeb spreading a message of unconditional love and willingness to learn for the sake of his children, despite his conservative background.
my heart is so full. The Wade’s really set an example on how you should treat your children. Love them unconditionally, it’s not hard. He didn’t understand, but he said he would continue to learn and that’s all he really can do. Respect!— Tay 💌 (@kaitays) December 20, 2019
“Nothing changes of my love. Nothing changes of my responsibilities.” Love it! @DwyaneWade ✊🏾💯💯— HJM (@psloveheather) December 19, 2019
Some Tweeters weren't so happy though, going on to say this shouldn't be okay because the child is too young to know any better.
One commenter seemed particularly angry about the whole ordeal, which you can see in their Tweet below.
There are actually enormous detriments to forcing your children to fit certain idyllic molds. You do not own children; they are not your property. Many trans kids that were forced to adhere to ridiculous gender standards imposed by their parents are suicidal. Keep kids alive.— v e g g i e s l u t (@vegan_vexation) December 20, 2019
Regardless of what you believe, most can agree that it's a beautiful thing that Wade supports love and acceptance for all.
You can watch the full interview from Showtime Basketball's All The Smoke below.
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