Last week, Kobe Bryant caught a lot of flak for his comments about the Miami Heat’s show of support after Trayvon Martin was killed. In The New Yorker piece, “The Last Quarter,” Bryant wasn’t impressed with the Miami team donning hoodies before hearing facts about the shooting:
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, just because I’m African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
“It was our backyard, and being in our backyard, being something that a lot of guys on this team—not only growing up in the kind of environment that Trayvon was in—but also having young boys,” Wade told Bleacher Report. “Knowing that he is a big fan of the Miami Heat. That is something that we got behind. As a team. I can’t even say the organization. It was as a team. We got behind it. And it was more so that than the color of his skin.”
Wade, who actually volunteers a lot of his time in the Miami area, made mention of other issues his teammates have shown support for.
“There’s a lot of causes that go on, that players get behind, and it’s not all black causes,” Wade said. “You know what I mean? Most of the causes have something to do with something that’s near and dear to you. Like Chris [Bosh] writing on his shoe earlier in the year, because his wife is Venezuelan.”
As a father of black sons, Wade probably sees the world through different lenses.