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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
games.”

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. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    1) I have way too much time on my hands this morning.
    4) I have way too much time on my hands this morning.
    Well, that’s funny seeing as how you stated the above twice, (please know that once was enough, but I can see why you felt the need to list it twice given the mentality of some in here). You’re a domestic engineer and you get an allowance from the wife, how sweet. I, on the other hand, AM the boss, and write my own paychecks, would you like to debate that too?

  2. Lemonverbeena - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    I know I’m going to regret responding to your stupidity, but I never said *I* was a doctor…. OMG, what is with the people in here today, lacking basic reading skills? Were you drinking Schlitz with J Mc all day?

  3. J Mc - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Hey Lemonverbeena,
    I was wondering what happened to you earlier, glad to see that you made it home okay. I fail to see why you are taking our little tête-à-tête so personnally, but I harbor no ill will against you. I would like to applaud you for your prescience in saying that I am a domestic engineer(half right) and that I get an allowance from my wife. I do happen to be an engineer. I own my own firm and my wife is down as president(for tax purposes)so I guess, technically, you can say that I get an allowance from her. That being the case however you never did answer my original question. Anyway, I know you’ve probably had a hard day at work standing behind that register so you go and soak your feet and try to get some sleep. Your shift at Walmart start early in the morning and you want to well rested.
    (Just kidding, I don’t really think you work at Walmart) :>

  4. Lemonverbeena - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    You know, if you weren’t married, and I weren’t happily married, I just might ask you out on a date Rico Suave. But you are married, as am I, so that’s out. Honestly, if I thought dumb basketball players made a good debate, I’d take you on, but big yawn, I’d be doing the funky chicken at my desk in about two minutes. Too bad this wasn’t more intellectual in nature, it would have been fun to spar. Oh, and the Wal-Mart thing… that’s funny! Did it really take you all day to come up with that?!
    (Just kidding, I don’t think you’re really that slow) :-)
    Oh man, and I may be slow, and please forgive my not wanting to scroll back through all the above rubble… what was the question again? Something about what did D-Wade do to offend or something? Trust me, that overpaid dumbbell isn’t capable of offending me. I simply pointed out that he’s a dumbbell. We good now?! Oh, and hubby read your post and says you’re a hoot!

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