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Dwyane Wade issues formal apology

Jul 19, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade.jpgWelcome to the biggest media spotlight you’ve ever been in, Dwyane Wade.

Wade’s comments comparing a Heat losing streak to the World Trade Center disaster were not nearly as offensive as had first been reported. And if this had been another player on another team, they may have slid under the radar.

But as our own Ira Winderman reports, the comments still made people cringe and just felt inappropriate. The World Trade Center tragedy is still to fresh and painful a wound for this country to be used in any comparison, particularly in sports.

So today Wade issued a formal apology.

“In an interview yesterday, I attempted to explain how some people may
view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the
upcoming season. It appears that my reference to the World Trade Center
has been either inaccurately reported or taken completely out of
context. I was simply trying to say that losing a few basketball games
should not be compared to a real catastrophe. While it was certainly not
my intention, I sincerely apologize to anyone who found my reference to
the World Trade Center to be insensitive or offensive.”

  1. Rusty Shackleford - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM Get smart

  2. JD - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Shame on you MSNBC Sports for using this opportunity for increased internet website hits at the expense of the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball!
    Michael Jordan would not have called, AND DIDN’T join forces with Larry Bird and Magic. His actions alone prove that he wanted to, AND DID, beat both of them!
    Insinuating that Michael Jordan is lying is below the belt.

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