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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. Modesto - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    All i have to say to all this people on here with this negative COMMENTS!!! Get over it, that is in the past, and I know a lot of people lost their close ones, but no where in his comments he said any negative towards the event of 911, all he said was the MEDIA, would make it out to be like if it was 911, just like it’s being made out to be now, LOOK AT YOU PEOPLES, now come on here and tell me WADE was wrong, this was a simple comment and look at all the MEDIA/HATERS hype, if it would have been last year before all the LEBRON/BOSH signing we wouldn’t be reading all of this, people come here and complain about a comment but look how easily most of you same people, let go all the information that stated our OWN government had things to do with it, but no one wants to believe it so they just sit and move on, why STRESS over a simple comment, move on their are better things you can be doing with your TIME than being all negative about a comment, life’s too short to be stressing so much, is funny how PEOPLE ATTACK a persons FREEDOM of SPEECH so much, when each of us make worse comments on a daily basis…

  2. dan mcdonald - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Its funny how you make such a big deal about. In America there is a popular drink called the “irish Car Bomb” we think its a great to describe how strong the drink is. Ever try order one in Ireland? To us its just a description of a drink or a “figure of speech. Just a thought.

  3. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    …want’s(sic) fame and fortune and a life of luxury…
    Who doesn’t!!!, sign me up.
    By the way, he got those things from Nike as a high school graduation present.($90 million dollar contract before even signing with the NBA, for those who don’t know.

  4. dan - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Its funny how you make such a big deal about this. In America there is a popular drink called the “Irish Car Bomb” we think its a great way to describe how strong the drink is. Ever try ordering one in Ireland? To us its just a description of a drink or a “figure of speech. Just a thought.

  5. Gatsby - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    This is identical to the Jesus Christ quote from John Lennon. Lennon was effectively criticizing the press’s coverage of the Beatles, effect saying the Beatles were not so important to warrant the coverage that the group was receiving, yet his intent was (many say intentionally) misconstrued, as if he was saying the Beatles were more important. As a result, besides people burning Beatles records, the Beatles ended up withdrawing from liver performances.
    All Wade was saying was the same thing – that LeBron coming to the Heat was being covered as if the event was another 9/11, and was therefore absurd. In context, what he said make sense.

  6. bobbysox - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    john, if you’re looking for freedom of speech, maybe you should ask mel gibson what it got him.

  7. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Seriously? What part of what I stated wasn’t clear? I can’t carry on a debate with someone who doesn’t have basic reading comprehension skills. For argument’s sake, let’s say you’re NOT a dufus… the stupidity of an overpaid basketball player is not something worthy of debate. Said stupidity can be commented on with a few short sentences. All this time for debate…. are you off today or unemployed?

  8. STLDan - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Hey Giles: 41.1 percent of all NBA players went to college for 4 or more years; approximately 25% have college degrees. Way to sterotype bud. Get a clue…

  9. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Apparently you haven’t heard D-Wade speak. Tune in and if you don’t cringe after hearing him butcher the English language, you may as well be in the getaway car. Ok, now I have to get back to work, you too?

  10. Dan R. - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    must not have had that calculator handy, huh?

  11. SFA51 - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    D-Wade proved what we already all know; that being that most pro athletes are uneducated, socially disfunctional (unless they’re at out “clubbin” that is), idiot millionaires. And yet we seem wonder why they get into so much trouble…lol

  12. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Hey Lemonverbeena,
    How is your day going? As I asked you earlier what exactly did D(I refuse to type a name that is either spelled or pronounced incorrectly) Wade say that has you so upset with him. The reason why I ask this is that all he is saying is that the media pays too much attention to the goings on(or stupidity if you will) of “overpaid”(see post 89 above) basketball players. Which if I am not mistaken is what you are saying as well. So to me and many others here who can both read and(emphasis on and) comprehend, it appears that you are both saying the same thing. Would you have felt better if instead of referring to 9/11 he had referred to the the Berlin Wall or Hurricane Katrina. Either way his point(and your point, by the way) is true. The media pays too much attention to what star athletes(and stars in general) do or do not do. Oh and as to the amount of free time I have today, I can only say that goes to show you the difference between the one who signs the paychecks and the ones who get them. :) Don’t let your boss catch you one the internet.

  13. Neil - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    That’s hilarious.

  14. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    I guess I am playing the role of “fact police” today. When you say that most pro athletes are “uneducated, socially dysfuntional(spelling corrected), idiot millionaires”, you are incorrect. Only those who are constantly splashed across the headlines fit all three of your criteria. It would be better to use the term “some” as opposed to “most”. In fact most pro athletes are the same as most people in general. They pay their taxes(a lot more then you or I), take care of their kids, they may or may not be divorced, they are generally decent people who go through life doing the best that they can. If you take any group of individuals you can probably skim off about 3 or 4 percent who we would be better off without. The only difference is when the 3 or 4 percent of normal people screw up, it isn’t posted in headlines around the country(unless they really, really screw up). If you honestly look at it more of your pro athletes are like Grant Hill then (insert name of “uneducated, socially disfunctional (unless they’re at out “clubbin” that is), idiot millionaires” here.)

  15. DonJ - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Really people… either way I guess both quotes are correct, look at how people are acting over what was or wasn’t said… you can’t say anything about 9/11 unless you’re expressing sorrow, anger or Muslim bashing… what a damn shame.

  16. Dan - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Since it’s apparent you’re too much of one to recognize one, I’ll help you out. You’re a f*cking idiot.

  17. DonJ - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Really people… either way I guess both quotes are correct, look at how people are acting over what was or wasn’t said… you can’t say anything about 9/11 unless you’re expressing sorrow, anger or Muslim bashing… what a damn shame.

  18. Dan - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Freedom of speach seems to only apply when some oppressed minority group or Hollywood jacka$$ says it.
    Bush is a (fill in the blank), That’s freedom of speach
    Obama is a (fill in the blank), That’s hate-driven racism.
    Know that’s off topic, but, too bad.

  19. Sam in NY - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    I wonder if FU NY’s neighbors are missing any pets.

  20. Punk - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    D-Wade sounds like a real D-Bag with this comment.

  21. darryl cheeves - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    …so is that the reasoning behind your robbing Medicare,you did not get to play basketball,doc?

  22. darryl cheeves - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    The way I see it; is thats the problem with a lot of white Americans.These (Monkeys) know how to play the game of basketball and make a ton of money doing it.You people,that make these racist remarks,are jealous of these players making this kind of(mad,stupid) money and somehow miscontrude this as something that you are allowing to happen and figure at least a player should do,is go along with everything you consider to be sacred and look at it and speak about it the same way.No.No.No.People that lost relatives see it one way.The people that lost friends saw it in another way. New Yorkers saw it in a way that people from Utah did not.And then there are those that say and think: “where the hel they get on thinking they can come over here knocking down our buildings and killing our people?Lets take all our money and go over there and find them and blow up their caves and kill and mame them and send them straight to hel.The nerve”.
    If Lebron can’t speak any of the Kings language,he knows how to do the job he is getting paid to do.And so happens that job pays the mega-bucks.Don’t be such a hypocryt;if you could play-for-pay,you would and everything that came out of your mouth would not make everybody happy,either.

  23. Hosea46 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    How about this…for those who are making PERSONAL (albeit cowardly/anonymous) comments that are actually also (potentially) offensive themselves, take a minute to (actually) think (before typing) and imagine if you were in Dwyane Wade’s position and said the same exact thing(s) you’re saying on this very site (verbatim), what the public reaction would be…my point is this…because you’re you (i.e. NOBODY’S…no offense…LOL), nobody cares…on the flipside, just about anything a person in the public eye (i.e. celebrity) says is always going to be scrutinized to the third degree (especially if it has any iota of controversy attached to it) by the media and people in the public court of opinion, essentially…so, just like you can make your comments with the utmost cowardice (i.e. hiding behind a computer screen), you should cut Wade some slack, for his…hypocrisy (in my humble opinion) is actually one of the worst offenses (and for the record, my comment is/was directed towards those who are making equally offensive, if not more so offensive comments, regarding this entire situation…and, for those who made their points respectfully, point(s) taken, and appreciated)…THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE (it’s as SIMPLE as THAT…NO PUN INTENDED)?!!*

  24. Lila - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Funny that he was commenting about how people/the media would overreact and, as usual, people start freaking out about a comment about how they’d probably overreact.

  25. buddy - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Then say the media will blow it up. Don’t compare to anything. Pretty simple.

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