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UPDATE: Dwyane Wade misquoted about 9/11

Jul 18, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

UPDATE: NBA FanHouse has issued a retraction to the quote due to a transcription error. As word spread of the alleged quote, outrage was heavy. The correct quote from Wade was:

“”We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for,”
Wade said. “We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when
we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed
down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming
down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball

Quite a big difference. Wade still shouldn’t be invoking 9/11, but the difference is monumental.

The three NBA superstars that teamed up a few weeks ago need to buy some duct tape for their mouths. As popular opinion has turned sharply on three of the most popular players in the NBA, the public relations gaffes have continued, and today we may have the biggest.

In an interview with NBA FanHouse’s Tim Povtak, Dwyane Wade made the following comment about the pressure the Heat face (emphasis mine):

“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye,” Wade said. “But that’s what you
play for. If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the
World Trade (Center) is coming down again.
When the schedule comes out,
people will be looking for the Lakers and Heat, to see when they play
us. I feel like I’m a new player in Miami. That’s how excited I am.”

Um, Dwyane? Buddy? Come back to the light. It’s true that it’s been nearly nine years since, you, know, the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, but it’s still probably a pretty touchy subject for a lot of Americans. There’s simply no excuse for the comparison.

No disrespect was intended by Wade, and everyone knows that, but the perception of insensitivity is only going to make it a bigger uphill battle for Heat PR to battle. There are worse things Wade could have said. I just can’t think of any at the moment.

129 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mcnasty614 - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    where did all of the patriotic flags from 9-11 go? yeah it was a figure of speech a comparison and wade is right they are wearing bullseyes on their backs and IF the heat lose a few games here and there the media will no doubt cover it with more intinsity than the trade center colapsing… so when this happens every one should be prepared to get out their MIAMI HEAT flags and rally the troups to a victory!

  2. Colombiano - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Come on man nobody is scared of Cleveland.

  3. HeyNow - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Please. You think people are still bitter about LeBron choosing Miami over New York when Wade mentions something about one of the darkest days in American history? Ignorance, I say.
    Comparing basketball to 9/11 is out of order, no matter who said it or what the context is. I couldn’t give a damn if LeBron, Wade, Bosh or JJ Barea said that.
    Having seen the edited quote, it’s obviously not as bad as the original. But Wade really should know better.

  4. Rusty Shackleford - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Get wise

  5. Rusty Shackleford - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Government sponsored terror is the only kind that actually exists

  6. Jamie - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    When I first saw the headline- that Wade had made some remark about 9/11 and then there was a retraction, I thought the comment was going to be that wild conspiracy theory that 19 Arabs, armed only with knives and box cutters, acting without the knowledge or assistance of rogue elements within the US government hijacked and flew planes into the towers, which completely collapsed in less than two hours without the aid of pre-planted military grade explosives, along with tower 7 which collapsed exactly like a controlled demolition at free-fall speed, but wasn’t hit by anything but debris from the collapse of the main towers and only had small fires in the lower floors. I was happy to find out he wasn’t one of those crazies.

  7. Rusty Shackleford - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:14 PM Lebron hopes to make an empire

  8. jake - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    what do you expect? uneducated/lack of sensitivity basketball player

  9. jorge - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Freedom of Speech was clearly spelled out in the constitution to curtail the GOVERMENT’S abuses. Freedom of speech is not applicable to individuals or corporations or private industry.
    We can’t blame Wade for his crass comparison to 9/11. What do you expect from Basketball players?

  10. Colombiano - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    I know that you guys don’t have Lebron anymore. I also remember how the Marlins beat the Indians in 97. And what’s up with the cursing? Why so much anger?

  11. Joey - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Now we know where the horrific “live event” idea came from. Wow, these guys are collective clueless.

  12. rocky - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:01 PM


  13. Nate - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    How is Wade’s quote offensive. He basically said, “this is not 9-11, it’s just a basketball game. The media takes things to seriously.”
    That deserves outrage lol? He’s exactly right.

  14. NANCY - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    just a stupid spearchucker!

  15. F U NY!! - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Yea we stopped caring cause we realized what a $hithole NY and it’s people are it was too bad every last one of ya got blown to smithereens that day!!!!

  16. Cruciblethorn - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    How about he can say what he wants as this is a free country and morons like you can disagree with it but have no right to tell him what he can say or not say.

  17. Anonymous - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    tell him go back to the jungle with the other MONKEES

  18. Louis - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Wow.. It’s hard for me to understsand how could anyone be so upset at one guy because he did not pick there team to play for… To the piont where they are talking about bullet proof jackets. This is not what real Americans stand for.. Come on.. Let it go..Be happy for the guy.. He is only one man and all he want’s to do is play the game of basketball, the game he love and what he was meant to do..

  19. dsmith4444 - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Another stupid NBA thug.

  20. PAULIE - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM


  21. Rusty Shackleford - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM

  22. DumbAmericans - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Americans are so self-centered. The Iraq War has been like hundreds of 9/11s for the Iraqi people, and Americans don’t care. There are 9/11esque atrocities all over the world all the time. Our 9/11 is so uniquely precious. Americans are God’s people. People it happened in America, it’s the worst thing ever. Newsflash…it’s not.
    9/11 was a big, horrible, ugly CRIMINAL ACT. People commit horrible crimes because they hate other people, but they’re still just crimes. Without a sovereign nation to declare war on in response, we’ve been dithering in two countries for nearly a decade, spending a trillion dollars, losing 5000 soldiers, and horribly maiming tens of thousands of soldiers.
    Who really cares what Duane Wade said? Who is really offended?

  23. jeibewifn - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Miami is the team to hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. jeibewifn - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Miami is the team to hate!!!!!!!!

  25. Sideways - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    All Wade did is state the fact of how the media will blow it out of proportion. As they do everything else. Over-coverage, mixing things up, too far left, too far right, and whatever else. I am a veteran from 9/11 and I too lost family members there. I am not worked up at what he said. Basically because he didn’t compare it to “the worst day in American history”. He said the media will be doing that. If the people in this country ever decided to stop being so darn sensitive and get some thicker skin they wouldn’t mind this either. I wonder who will be the first person to bring a law suit against him for his insensitivity. Cracks me up.

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