Dwyane Wade Opens Up About Supporting His Son at Miami Pride

Back in April, Gabrielle Union attended the Miami Beach Pride parade with Dwyane Wade’s son 12-year-old son Zion. While Wade wasn’t able to go because of work commitments with the NBA, he expressed his encouragement on social media, writing on an Instagram Story, “We support each other with Pride!”

Now Dwyane is talking about what the event meant to him and his family, and why he felt is was necessary to show up for his son. Speaking with Variety, the retired basketball player explained, “I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell. I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”

He also responded to criticism he received on social media for his public support, noting that it is part of his “job as a father.” Dwyane added, “I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.”

Gabrielle Union previously spoke to Us Weekly about going to Pride with her stepson, calling the move “kind of part of being a global citizen.” She added, “People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it. In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to pride.”

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