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Wade says he sent 'a message' of apology to Kobe

Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:39 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Pretty much everyone had the same reaction to Dwyane Wade's oddly hard foul on Kobe Bryant Sunday during the All-Star Game. What the crap was up with that?

In a regular game nobody would've batted an eye, but in the relaxed, fun setting of an All-Star Game, it definitely appeared out of place. Wade explained it afterward by saying he didn't mean to draw blood and was just getting Kobe back for some fouls on the other end.

But what ended up happening was that Kobe broke his nose, suffered a mild concussion and has to wear a mask for a little bit. So Wade feels a little bad now. And would like to say he's sorry. Via the Sun Sentinel, Wade says he sent "a message" of apology to Kobe for the broken nose and stressed he didn't mean any harm.
"I sent him a message, with my apologies. Unfortunate that happened to him, but that's all I could do," Wade said following Tuesday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, the first time he has commented on the incident since Sunday. "He knows it's no ill intent on me to do that. Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome."


"It's unfortunate, obviously," he said. "You don't never want to hurt nobody, anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. So, you know it's unfortunate.

"I sent my apologies. But, you know, not intentional. If it's something I did intentionally, it's a different story. So it's unfortunate."
Wade really didn't have to apologize like that. It's basketball. Bloody noses, busted lips and black eyes happen all the time. When it does, you say, "My bad" and keep moving on. This only became something bigger because in the traditional manner of the All-Star Game, you don't see things like that. Wade said he was just "taking a foul" to stop play so he could talk to the ref about two calls he didn't get on the other end. It was an accident, end of story. It might've looked funny, but the fact Kobe got his nose broken wasn't the intention.

Still, people like TNT's Reggie Miller were extremely critical of Wade's foul on Kobe and called for him to apologize publicly. Wade isn't into that.
"Reggie don't know what was said," Wade said. "When I saw his blood, obviously I didn't try to do that. I don't know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and do it. I don't have to do that.

"Like I said, everyone has an opinion, everyone uses their opinion. Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe and I move on from it. It's unfortunate. It was not nothing that was ill intent, in a sense. But this will be the last time I talk about it from this point on."

And guess what, you guys? The Heat play the Lakers on Sunday. So that should be a little more fun now. If Andrew Bynum clotheslines Wade on a drive to the basket, I think you'll know why.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:06 pm

Wade says he sent 'a message' of apology to Kobe

If the Lakers needed a reason to get extra physical with the Miami Heat, then they have some things they need to deal with. With or without this happening, it was going to be a very physical game anyways. I don't think this will add to anything extra. It is too big of a game for someone to do something stupid. The ref's are going to be looking for that kind of thing anyways and will be very quick with the whistle.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:01 pm

Wade says he sent 'a message' of apology to Kobe

Takes a humble man to apologize. Great Job D-Wade. And no you shouldn't get on your knees. Its the thought to apologize that counts..

It'll be a great game on Sunday.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:54 pm

Wade says he sent 'a message' of apology to Kobe

I get the feeling some of the Lakers are going to be extra physical when they play the Heat on Sunday. I also think Kobe is going to be a little extra motivated to drop some shots over Wade's head.

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