Dwyane Wade is an absolute NBA legend and icon of the Miami Heat, but in his retirement days, he has been more in the news for his fashion and family. Most notably because of his 14-year-old daughter Zaya Wade, that was born a boy. A story from Wade's childhood explains a lot about why Dwyane was fine with that decision.
On the court, Wade is a 3x champion, 13x All-Star, Scoring Champion, Finals MVP, and one of the best shooting guards in history, but he was also very loved off the court because of his genuine character. But that doesn't mean "Flash" doesn't have his share fair of haters.
It seems like most of the haters don't have anything to do with basketball but rather his parenting decisions. The fact his 14-year-old son has transitioned to being a girl started a lot of controversy around the world.
Certain people applaud his supportive character and acceptance in such a challenging situation, while others think he is letting a young kid make a drastic decision about his life without knowing the impact. What is right is up to the individual, but the fact of the matter is that part of Wade's life has been in the headlines more than his basketball career recently.
Wade himself has always been known for his flashy fashion style and sometimes questionable outfits, but that is just the way Dwyane operates. In a recent video, Dwyane explained how he used to dress like a girl when he was young to imitate his sister:
"You know, as kids, I used to put on heels. I used to do all those things. Whatever my sister is wearing, whatever my sister did, I tried to do those things, so first, I said to myself, 'Oh no, I did that, so he's just doing the things that I did. And then it went further and further, and me and my wife had to look at each other and say 'What if?'"
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Wade was trying to make a point and compare his example to Zaya's, explaining how that opened his eyes and helped him accept the situation. Being curious and exploring when you are a child is a natural part of growing up and crucial in shaping up as an adult. It's great to see Wade is so comfortable and supportive around his kids, despite all the hate he and his family may receive from the world.