Dwyane Wade is continuing to have us in our feelings. The NBA star retired earlier this year, which means he’s had even more time to dunk on the haters that come for his family. Most recently, Wade and wife Gabrielle Union shared a picture with their baby daughter Kaavia and son Zion, with some people feeling the need to comment on Zion’s appearance. Don’t. Just don’t.
Union posted a picture on her Instagram account to celebrate Thanksgiving and touched on her recent America’s Got Talent scandal, writing “To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I’ve never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking…All praise, gratitude and thankfulness.” Not everyone was full of praise, with many people commenting on the couple’s son Zion, who has painted fingernails and what appears to be a crop top in the photo.
While there were many positive comments on Union’s picture from fans and famous friends like Kerry Washington, Terry Crews, Jamie Chung, Sophia Bush, Lala Anthony and Olivia Munn, there was also a large batch of negativity. One user wrote “Why are they encouraging this at such a young age? It one thing to accept it but…damn,” with another adding “So sad these boys turning into girls.”
Wade has now responded to the criticism, tweeting “I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!” Forget the three-pointer, that’s a half court, nothing but net tweet.
I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile! ✌🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 30, 2019
To give your kids such a loving and free environment says so much. Some people dont have that so its easier for them to judge because they dont understand it. Keep doing what you doing..
— Miamore (@Miamore5623) December 1, 2019
We stan an inclusive and supportive father! Sheesh, I needed a father (figure) like you growing up! Keep it up! Set the example and the bar!
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) December 1, 2019
Thank you for leading with love and being proud to show it. Just your example can have ripple effects and benefit more families in our community by helping parents build build better, less damaging, and more loving relationships with their children.
— Ishena Robinson (@ishenarobinson) November 30, 2019
Commenting on Wade’s message of love for his family, one follower touched on a recent moment when they saw Wade cheering on his older son at his high school basketball game. Even though Wade’s son was injured early on, Wade stay to cheer on his son’s teammates, once again setting a positive example for his kids.
Saw you enjoying and supporting your son’s HS team at the game last night. Your sons injury early kept him from playing, but didn’t stop your support of his teammates. As a HS BB parent myself, Your actions speak for themselves. #Class #GoodDad
— Chris Barnes (@BarnesPBA) December 1, 2019
This is the second time in a week that Wade has used social media to defend his family. After a November 26 article in Variety claimed that Wade’s wife Gabrielle Union was fired from America’s Got Talent for reporting racist and inappropriate comments to producers while also being criticized for having hair styles that were ‘too black,’ Wade tweeted his support for Union to his 8.4 million followers. The former Miami Heat player posted a series of tweets on November 27, praising his wife for being “an advocate for our community and culture” and “not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter.”
So when i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019
So 🥂 to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world‼️
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019