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Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 19, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:56 pm
Saying his reference to the World Trade Center was taken "completely out of context," Heat star Dwyane Wade issued an apology of sorts Monday.

"In an interview [Sunday], I attempted to explain how some people may view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the upcoming season," Wade said in the statement released by his public relations team. "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."

Wade conducted the interview before his Summer Groove charity game at American Airlines Center. Asked about the high expectations surrounding the Heat with the addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade was quoted in a story published by AOL Fanhouse as saying the following: "If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade [Center] is coming down again."

Amid immediate backlash, Fanhouse quickly republished the story with an editor's note explaining that the quote had not been transcribed accurately. The revised quote read, "There's going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it's not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games."

Still an unfortunate reference, and one deserving of the clarification Wade issued Monday.

If nothing else, this incident proved to Wade that he can no longer live the care-free existence of being the lone star on an insignificant .500 team that loses in the playoffs every year. With the arrival of James and Bosh, the Heat have launched themselves into the kind of media stratosphere only experienced by the Lakers in recent years. Ever move, every word will be chronicled and scrutinized by both local and national reporters who will be descending on South Beach. Every misstep will be magnified.

Miami's Big Three are still undefeated, and already they've experienced the embarrassment of James' widely panned TV announcement -- which even drew criticism from commissioner David Stern -- and their first "I apologize if I offended anyone" controversy. No wonder Heat coach Erik Spoelstra declined interview requests Saturday during an appearance at Las Vegas Summer League, with a team PR official telling reporters that Spoelstra was not going to be addressing questions about next season for a while.

There'll be plenty of time for that.


Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:07 am

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

Actually, I would argue that Dwyane Wade has very little to apologize for. He made the comment that 'you all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down...' which I think is an accurate statement. The US media in general and the US sports media in particular are usually to be counted on for plenty of hyperbole and drama and I think Wade is correct that when the Heat lose a few, the media will try to make it into something bigger than the Islamic attack on the Twin Towers. Yes, it was probably not a very good choice for an analogy but I think the essential statement is pretty close to the truth. Wade was commenting on the MEDIA reaction, not comparing the Heat to the 9/11 attacks. As such, I don't really think Wade had any real need to apologize, though to his credit, he was far more honest than most politicians (or members of the media, for that matter) when THEY are caught in offensive statements. 

Now, for an offensive statement, I think LeBron James's reported prediction of multiple rings for the Heat is pretty offensive. How many rings did Michael Jordan ever predict he would win? How about Magic Johnson? Or Larry Bird? Or Hakeem Olajuwon, or Tim Duncan or even Kobe? All of these players have won multiple rigs and I cannot recall any of them ever predicting how many they would win. And especially not in a shamefully over-hyped hour-long ego massage masquerading as a press conference. LeBron proves once again that he has little concept of what it takes to actually win a ring, let alone multiple rings. Maybe he ought to give Mr. Bryant out in LA a call. I think he might just gain a little wisdom about what it really takes to win a championship,. One championship, let alone multiple championships. 

Michael Jordan didn't win his first title until he had been in the League seven years. Kobe went through three years of darkness before the Lakers were able to get him the talent to once again be a champion. Isaiah Thomas had to wait for eight years (if memory serves) before winning HIS first ring. And the great Jerry West suffered over twelve years of frustration before winning his lone ring as a player. Elgin Baylor, Mark Price, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins and many other great players never did win a ring. Perhaps LeBron should have thought about that before issuing his arrogant prediction. he ought to remember the last prediction. Perhaps others might recall? Kevin Garnett guaranteed the Celtics 'the next two titles' after they were bounced from the Playoffs in 2009. How did that turn out, Mr. Garnett?

The moral of this story is that it is better to let one's accomplishments speak for themselves. LeBron has yet to win anything. Wade DOES have a ring, at least, so he is entitled to some slack, since he won his ring with very little help - Shaq was not the force he was in LA and Orlando. But LeBron, even with a supporting cast far superior to what Wade had on that 2006 Miami team, was unable even to get to the Finals the past two years, despite having home court AND a pretty solid group of players around him. That ought to serve as a warning to LeBron to wait until he wins something to shoot off his mouth. Even Kobe wasn't THAT arrogant!

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 7:07 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

Who cares??? You people in the national media won't be happy until he and the Heat are bought to their knees. I say adopt the Rush Limbaugh approach and&nbs
p;APOLOGIZE FOR NOTHING!! You mean to tell me that an athletes comments are so strong that your weak, anemic feelings are hurt over an event that's almost a decade old?? I get what D-Wade was trying to say. If the Heat lose a couple of games in a row (and it won't happen) the national media will blow it's collective tops with the, "I told you so's" and the "too much ego"  talk.  You'll surely make something out of nothing as you always do. It's how you sell your fish wrap and get us to blog on your sites. So to all you mindless, fragile framed, chicken littles who's feelings are hurt by an athletes comment's here's my suggestion: GET A LIFE!
Wade isn't a politician, or a national leader. He's a BASKETBALL PLAYER. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 7:07 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

I couldn't agree more.  I didn't even know who this guy was until about 2 weeks ago and he's a JOKE!  He is about as objective as FOX news, maybe he should switch sites.  He is the frontrunner of haters who will be eating their words in a few months.  So let him talk talk talk.  So later on he will look exactly like what he is…a JOKE!  He is like a whinny New York girl that got overlooked when LeBron picked the hottie in South Beach.  In fact all these cities (Chicago, New Jersey, New York, etc.) are like the runner-ups in the pageant and his old maid who he dumped (Cleveland) are all like women scorned. Ken you need to shut the f*** up, but I hope you don’t we will enjoy haters like you fueling the Heat’s fire! P.S. You are not a respectable journalist.  Maybe you are trying to make a name for yourself but you are only tarnishing your non existent image.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2010 6:21 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

"Someone needs to check the facts.  Shortly after the "statement" was made public by AOL Fanhouse, that same media outlet (AOL) published an appology and a retraction.  They stated that the transcript and subsequent editing actually misquoted by D-Wade"

Correct, but if you'll notice the article above contains the quote both as originally published and the "corrected" version, both of which make reference to the World Trade Center.  That said, I think this all much ado about nothing...Wade did not compare losing to the World Trade Center tragedy but indicated others might.  Perhaps a bit insensitive but not mean spirited and perhaps we all need to be a little less hypersensitive.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:27 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

I reallly don't think Wade meant to throw out that statment to be insensitive or offensive. However, YOU have got to think! Come on, there was no reason to even have thrown it out there in the first place. That comparison should not have been made. It was an honest mistake that Wade has taken care of. LET IT GO!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:21 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

as much as i'd like to bash wade and moreso lebron, i really think this is a non story. it seems he was saying that the media would make the comparision, not that he would.

let's move on.

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:20 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

Hey AOL got what it wanted: a whole lot of shock value and free publicity. AOL's a joke and always has been.

In the meantime, I can't imagine how anyone would take offense to D-Wade's comments; if anything, his actual comments were right on. Kudos to him for making an intelligent statement. It's just a shame that he has to apologize for something he didn't say.

As for Berger - dude if you don't like him or CBS, why do you keep reading stories posted by both? If you're that inept, maybe you should go read some AOL sports stories, chum Wink

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:01 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote (UPDATE)

God Berger sucks. Wade is not a "newfound celebrity". He is new to trolls like you and the tabloiders recording his every word and having it analyzed. We know you don't like the new Miami Heat, but you have a pitbull like grip on this story similar to what Entertainment Tonight has on the Mel Gibson story or the Tiger Woods scandal.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:36 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote

Ken Berger how much freedom does CBS give you? Are they requiring you to write about Lebron/Wade/Bosh? Are they requiring you to recycle the same basic idea that you dislike the Heat?

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:09 pm

Wade apologizes for World Trade quote

say What?   AOL is a major media?? Maybe for Britney Spears and Paris Hilton stories, but for ac tual real journalism, AOL is usdually a day late and inaccurate.

On the other hand, who honestely gives a rip what D-Wade or his new partner in crime (Le Bore) say?

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