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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. baaaaaaa - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Wow, thanks for that insight. Though wrong, ever so helpful for you to clarify that. Thanks, Mr. Helper.

  2. Matt - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    ” I am a veteran from 9/11 and I too lost family members there.”
    “I am not worked up at what he said.”
    “Cracks me up.”
    You sir, are a Liar of the absolute worst kind. I would love the opportunity to say this to your face, you’d really know what it means to be cracked up soon there after.

  3. Penny - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Thank you for your comment. While 9/11 was a terrible tragedy and probably should not have been brought up, how many time are people called “Nazis” for dramatic effect? But that word is thrown around like no other, while the mere mention of 9/11 brings panic and fury. Not to mention, like you said, thousands of innocent people are dying in the US war and no one is concerned for them. Because America is right (or so some think).

  4. Jasmine16 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Thank you for sharing your viewpoint. I totally agree with you. Sending much much love and respect your way! xoxo

  5. Craig - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Certainly D-Wade could and should have used a better analogy to make his point, but there is no call for your stupid, ignorant, and asinine comment either. If you can’t express your disagreement in a decent matter, do us all a favor and keep your anonymous cowardly comments to yourself.

  6. Sean - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    September 11th, 2001 – September 11th, 2010. It hasn’t even been exactly nine years yet, slow it down big guy.

  7. Nick - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    So now, not only is DWade the Ugliest Player in the NBA, he is also the Dumbest

  8. macowaco - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    OVERPAID, uneducated street hoodlums. What do you expect!!!!! Check out the courses that most of the college scholarships were taking.

  9. Yes - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    wow… just wow… thats a terrible thing to say, you should be ashamed of yourself

  10. CF98 - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    I can’t stand Wade however while I get what he’s trying to say he should’ve used a better choice of words.

  11. dan - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Would people be as offended had Wade said, “You all are going to make it seem like a terorist attack happened?” Wade should have realized that a 9/11 reference is in poor taste and would probably receive a negative response, but he was obviously trying to say that sports are NOT that important.

  12. Steve - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    It will be 9 years in September 2010. What did you get on your SATs

  13. mike - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    mark relax he’s not barrack obama his comment was a tiny box of the ny daily news. he’ll get over it .

  14. James McMichael - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Can you people read? Are you just idiots waiting for a chance to show off your idiocy? Your views that a basketball game is nothing compared to the tragedy of 9/11 is exactly the same thing that Wade was saying. So why is it that all you see is that someone is talking about 9/11, how dare they. Pyschologically speaking(and judging by your comments this is especially true), it is obvious that many of you have a problem with anyone who is black, rich, famous and accomplished(or any combination therein). All this does is give “you people”(you know who you are) a chance to vent your resentment upon someone who you normally could not without letting your true color shine through. Why else would such and innocuous(word of the day) comment cause such vehemence(look it up). When people overreact there is normally an underlying reason for it and in this case we know what it is.
    By the way.
    The media loves this kind of hype. You\we(I include myself) are playing right into their hands. Why do you think so many news sites now allow comments in the frst place.
    Think about it.

  15. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    I was going to say….. if you’re going to “correct” something in an article, do the math correctly, even IF you have to get out a calculator, sheesh.

  16. Rick - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    lmao, always some morons tyring to make big deals outta nothing. figure of speech, making a point, he wasnt disrepecting, bashing, nor badmouthing 911 everyone knows that.
    stop blowing nonsense up, cause james picked MIA over NY.
    unbelieveable! so many idiot haters out there, instead of worrying about the real issues in life, politics etc they wanna attack the athlete. cant wait to see the 3 kings nut all over the knicks.

  17. Lou - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    No mattter what he says, it will be wrong. You guys got nothing else to write about? Paparatzi rules. Most people say whatever they want, why not Wade? Leave him alone and try to do some good today.

  18. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Amazing how “Heat” fans excuse the insensitive blunders of an over-hyped player who should stick to basketball,shut up and put up. If you were other than a “Heat” fan, you’d be complaining. It’s a sad world when you can excuse idiotic comments because it came from someone who plays basketball on your team. I hope Wade is saving his money because he obviously doesn’t have anything upstairs to fall back on.
    Oh, and James McMichael? He should have kept his mouth shut. Being that “black, rich, famous and accomplished” (that’s a stretch, but I’ll let it go), player comes a responsibility for the spew that comes out of his mouth. He could have used any other reference. Perhaps he should leave his PR to those who have a life outside of basketball.

  19. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    I love a good debate!
    What exactly did Mr. Wade say that you are opposed to?

  20. wesley - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Maybe you should recount… Jersey Mike in LA? More like a vote counter from Fla…

  21. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    First off WTC survivor, excuse FUNY because well, it’s just an idiot and what else can you say.
    Second, I will NEVER forget 9/11, every time I hear reference or just think about it, I could cry, and I wasn’t personally affected in the sense I was a survivor or lost someone that day. Please do no assume that all have forgotten because it simply isn’t true. It’s as raw to me as the day it happened.
    Maybe if Wade had a heart, he would have thought twice before paralleling 9/11 to a stupid sport that pays players more than someone who actually does something worthwhile, like a doctor who saves people.

  22. Seth A - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Wow….. using the worst terroist attack in US history as a “figure” of speech kinda stupid! Hundreds of people died in that attack. i dont think ANYONE will die when the heat lose! Some might have heart attack when they lose championship but oh well! Can’t use that as a figure of speech its UN American!!!!!
    And Ok lebron james needs alllll this talent for him to win a championship! Kobe Bryant wins with the talent he has! And he never gives up and he’s loyal to the Lakers! They gonna beat miam’s butttt in the finals! LA3PEAT!!!! Watch out for the Black mamba he wants another one! heat probably wont even make it to the finals lebron will get to caught up in everything and try to be the center of attention blah blah blah!

  23. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Exactly. The lack of education is evident from his lack of grammar skills. If he didn’t play basketball, he’d be robbing liquor stores.

  24. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    A. the cleveland fans sound like bitter ex-lovers who had their heart broken…its a game…get over it
    B. new yorkers, wade didnt take aim at NYC with this qoute…he was simply stating that any losing streak would be taken by the media as the end of the world
    C. any person even inferring violence against members of the heat franchise is a pathetic excuse for a human being
    D. if you haters hate the heat now, just wait until that 3rd ring is won and they are comparing these heat teams to the greatest teams of all-time

  25. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    When Kobe was approaching his free agency a few years ago he threatened to leave the Lakers if they did not do more to put a championship team around him. They did(obviously) and he stayed. If they had not have given in to his demands he would have left. No doubt about it.

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