Dwyane Wade won’t be seen practicing shooting before the game the way he has done until last game against the Toronto Raptors. Wade has promised that he will be changing his pregame shooting routine after his act during “O Canada” sparked controversy in social media.
Wade is now public enemy No. 1; after the video revealed that he was shooting at the beginning of Canada’s national anthem before game 3 between the Heat and Raptors on Saturday.
“I’m not a disrespectful person,” Wade said Sunday. “So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful to a country, then they don’t know who Dwyane Wade is.”
Wade also blamed timing for his behavior. He doesn’t traditionally line-up for the anthem until his last shot is practiced.
“We spoke to the team, and the Heat will work with its players to make sure no pregame routines interfere with either anthem going forward,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement, which was directed to the Associated Press.
“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade said. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person.
“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 pre-game routine for the next game.”
NBA commissioner received a letter of complaint on Wade’s conduct from Mike Colle, a member of the Provincial Parliament.
Heat were beaten by the Raptors in game 3 of the playoffs. The Raptors lead the series 2-1 going into game 4 on Monday.
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