WOW! Dwyane Wade is firing back against the comments made for ‘political gain’ involving his cousin’s death. After Donald Trump’s controversial tweet about the devastating situation, the NBA star has a ‘bad taste in his mouth,’ and admitted he was in a ‘dark place.’ Watch his intense interview here!
Dwyane Wade, 34, has been going through a tough time after his first cousin, Nykea Aldridge, 32, was shot and killed August 26, while pushing her child in a stroller near an elementary school in Chicago, IL. She was not the intended target when she was hit in the head and arm by stray bullets when two men opened fire. Aside from a tweet from Dwyane the day of the horrific shooting, he is speaking out in a new interview with Good Morning America that aired September 2.
The NBA star says Nykea’s death left him “conflicted” and told George Stephanopoulos, “On one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain.” The day after the devastating news, Donald Trump, 70, tweeted about the shooting and made sure to incorporate a political comment about his campaign. “Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!,” his tweet read. The GOP nominee received major backlash for using the mother-of-four’s death for votes. Dwyane told GMA, “I was grateful that it started a conversation, but on the other hand, it just [left] a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with.”
Dwyane was born and raised in one of Chicago’s toughest communities. Chicago’s south side where Nykea was killed has been plagued by gun violence. The basketball star mentioned, because his name is “attached” to his cousin’s story it’s become a national story. “A lot of things I’ve seen wasn’t even her name,” he said. “That hurt me to be the named they talked about, instead of talking about a mother of four. That kind of hurt me and put me in a dark place for a few hours.”
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
Dwyane, who is headed to play for the Bulls this fall, talked about how his kids perceive what’s happening in the world around them. He admitted that you “try to tell them right from wrong” but then “they come come back to you and say ‘Dad, kids are being killed by police officers. I thought that you said police officers were safe?'” George then asked if his boys were afraid of police, to which he responded, “Yeah, they are. My boys are afraid of police just the same as I was when I was growing up.” He did clarify that it is not “all police.” He revealed that the things that his boys ask him are questions he “takes to the city,” saying, “I go to the mayor, I go to the city and say ‘What are we doing to strengthen gun laws? What are we doing to help police?'”
Just hours before his cousin’s death Dwyane actually had participated in an ESPN Town Hall on violence in America. He said the police are “fighting a war” when speaking about gun violence in Chicago. “They are … and they can do a lot better, but they can get more help as well to do better,” he said.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Dwyane’s candid interview? Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. You can leave your thoughts in the comments below.