NBA star Dwyane Wade says it’s his ‘job’ to support son at Pride
NBA star Dwyane Wade is staying humble amidst heaps of praise for supporting his son attending Pride.
In April, the Miami Heat player made multiple Instagram stories about his 11-year-old son Zion attending Miami Beach Pride. Wade couldn’t be in attendance because he was in Toronto for a game, but he made sure his son knew he supported him.
‘Wish I was there to see you smile kid!’ he wrote in one post.
Now, Wade is opening up about that support he showed as a parent.
‘That’s our job’
While speaking to Variety, Wade said he doesn’t ‘really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell’.
He spoke more openly about choosing to make a public show of support.
‘I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job,’ he explained. ‘And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.’
Wade also offered advice to parents, saying being a supportive parent during Pride is the same as the rest of the year.
‘I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.’
‘Uneasy’ with the praise
Wade also expressed he didn’t feel completely comfortable with the praise he received.
‘I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do,’ he said.
‘Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.’
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Author: Anya Crittenton