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Dwyane Wade Speaks Out Publicly for First Time Since Controversial Nick Cannon Tweets
- Updated: July 20, 2020
Wade tweeted out an explanation for his original support of Cannon, but Monday was the first time actually speaking about the topic.
Dwayne Wade deleted this tweet saying he was on the side of Nick Cannon’s anti-Semitic comments. pic.twitter.com/PgaEdnZp2L
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) July 15, 2020
I want to clarify my now deleted tweet. I was not supporting or condoning what Nick Cannon specifically said, but I had expressed my support of him owning the content and brand he helped create 🙏🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 15, 2020
On Monday, Wade appeared on a TNT special called “The Arena,” where multiple athletes spoke out about different issues that have transpired in the United States recently.
"We live in this culture right now where it’s all about cancel. Everyone wants to cancel each other in this culture. How about we take this opportunity and we sit down and educate each other."
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 21, 2020
“What I have done this week is I have listened, and I hope that I’ve learned something,” Wade said. “I live by these words: To much is given, much is required. I’ve always lived by those words, and I have been given a lot. And with that, I’ve always tried to be a voice for love. And I’ve always fought against hate. Me and my family deal with some topics that are rooted in hate, and I’ve always been against hate.
“So, my support of Nick Cannon was not about his words, or my support was not of hate speech at all. My support of Nick Cannon was as a Black leader in our community, as a friend, as someone I’ve seen with Viacom for 20-plus years. We’ve watched Nick grow up.”
After his comments, Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS as the producer for VH1’s comedy improvisation program “Wild ‘N Out.”
“We live in this culture right now where it’s all about cancel,” Wade continued. “Everyone wants to cancel each other’s culture. How about we take this opportunity and we sit down and educate each other? That’s what I got out of this week.
“If anybody felt that I was supporting hate speech, that’s not who I am. That’s not my character. But I will support another Black man, that in America get thrown away all the time. Nick Cannon has been an unbelievable role model for us.”
It seems like Wade has learned from the incident and is ready to move on.
If anything, the incident has created conversations that obviously needed to be had.