Dwayne Wade is speaking up and out in defense of his 12-year-old son Zion.
The freshly retired NBA star has been outspoken about his unconditional love for his child, who identifies as homosexual. He and wife Gabrielle Union notably supported the youngster at his first Pride event over the summer.
Having been on the receiving end of critique from some corners of the internet, Wade addressed the matter during an appearance on the Showtime Basketball platform.
His words after the jump…
“First of all, you want to talk about strength and courage? My 12-year-old has way more than I have. You can learn something from your kids. I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire [Wade’s other son] was on.”
He continued, saying:
“And, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son come home and tell you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?
I grew up with the same perspective as a lot of these people out here that’s a little ignorant. I grew up with a similar perspective. And, you meet people along the way that help you take those glasses off and put on some different ones. Look through life through a different lens. That’s what my wife has been able to do. So, it’s been cool.
Everybody get used to it, man. This is the new normal.
So if anybody different, we looked at as different. You know what I’m saying? The ones that don’t understand it. The ones that don’t get it. The ones that are stuck in a box. You’re different. Not the people that are out here living their lives, man.”
Watch in full from the 30.00 mark…