“It’s My Job As A Father.” Dwayne Wade Responds to the Criticism for Supporting His Son at Pride

“It’s My Job As A Father.” Dwayne Wade Responds to the Criticism for Supporting His Son at Pride

It was a beautiful thing to witness power couple Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union supporting their son, Zion, at the Miami Beach Pride parade in April. “We support each other with Pride!” Wade captioned a photo of Union and his 11-year-old on his Instagram story.

Sadly, the world we live in still sucks on occasion and while the story made many LGBTQ peoples’ hearts soar, it was also met with homophobia and criticism.

Variety recently sat down with the NBA star and asked if he was surprised by the social media backlash.

“Yes,” Wade began. “This is my job as a father and I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or obviously the negativity that comes with it. I’m doing what every parent should do. Once you bring kids in this world, you have to become unselfish. You’re not important anymore. Your kids become the most important thing. Your family becomes the most important thing. I’m doing what I feel is right for my family and that’s to support my kids in the same way like it’s a sport, or if they come home with great grades. It’s to build them up, let them know they can do anything in this world.”

He continued: “You got to understand, I’m from the inner-city of Chicago. I wasn’t told that. I wasn’t told I can be anybody and do anything and I wasn’t always shown that. It’s my job to be their role model, to be the voice in my kids lives to let them know you can conquer the world and you have the support of your father. You have the support of your family every step of the way. So go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and love you and support you along the way.”

And the Father of the Year award goes to!!!

Watch the clip below.

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  1. BRYAN PETERS
    June 19, 05:37 Reply

    This is so coool. The inspiration this child would get from this kind of support. Plus the amount of pressure and confusion that this child would not have to experience. The assurance of having parents with whom no topic is off limits.
    Cool dad.

  2. Beau
    June 19, 10:08 Reply

    This is so cool. Having a father who understands u and support u even when pple try to criticize him. Most parents would back down once they get criticized especially our naija parents wey no dey hear homo. A queer child that has all the support, love and understanding of his parents, has little or no issues with the outside world.

  3. Delle
    June 19, 10:47 Reply

    This is so cool.

    *launches into a mega speech of why Dwayne Wade deserves the Father of the Year title*

  4. brown
    June 19, 22:27 Reply

    Lucky kid.
    To have that much support and self knowledge, really lucky.

  5. Òrìsà Dókódókó
    June 20, 00:59 Reply

    This is so cool.

    (Thinks of something smart to say, but discovers he typed the first line from the influence of the 1st 3 commenters)

    This is just soo cool.

    • Coco
      June 26, 12:49 Reply

      Your name is so funny 😙😂😂

  6. No
    June 20, 12:00 Reply

    Can he adopt me?

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