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Wade: Superman act was 'respect' for Cam Newton

Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 7:22 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hit a game-winner against the Bobcats on Wednesday night, and he wasted no time sending a message to Charlotte's most prominent professional athlete, Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

After banking in a leaner in the closing seconds to give Miami its 96-95 winning margin, Wade turned to Newton, who was seated courtside, and emulated the quarterback's patented "Superman" celebration. Wade and All-Star forward LeBron James both mimicked ripping open their suits to reveal the Superman outfit, just as Newton does when celebrating touchdowns, while staring right at the 2011 NFL Draft's No. 1 pick.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Wade says he was not mocking Newton but was instead simply tipping his cap to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of Auburn.
"That was a show of respect to him," Wade said. "Not showing nobody up."

"First of all, the guy is huge," Wade said of Newton. "... I've seen him play a lot. He's entertaining. He had one of the best rookie years of any player to ever play the game."
This seems plausible. Wade and James are both noted NFL fans. Wade, a Chicago native, roots for the Bears; James cheers for the Dallas Cowboys. Star athletes across sports are part of an elite fraternity and this can certainly be read as an homage to Newton's greatness.

But the play, the celebration and, really, the start to Miami's season combine to send a greater message. Not just to Newton but to all basketball observers. These guys look eager to create their own lasting, memorable, trend-setting greatness this year.

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:07 pm

Wade: Superman act was 'respect' for Cam Newton

Given Wade/Lebron's pattern last year in making fun of certain individuals I would say they were probably taking a shot at Cam Newton. It's not really a sign of disrepect.  Certainly, fans who have no relationship to Wade outside of the court will see this as taunting but these kind of things happen between stars all the time.  Reggie Miller & Spike Lee went at it for years but they enjoyed the trash talking and remain friends none the less.  Fans sometimes will never get it, that these guys have a life off the court and these players will do their own kind of friendly trash talking to fellow celebs on the sideline.

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