For the second time in two days, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said he meant no disrespect by taking warmup shots during the playing of the Canadian national anthem during Saturday’s playoff game against the Toronto Raptors.
But this time, he offered something that he hadn’t a day earlier -- an apology.
“No disrespect at all from me,” Wade said Monday night after the Heat beat the Raptors, 94-87, to even the series at two wins each. “I apologize for Canada thinking I would disrespect them as a country. So today, I just adjusted how I normally get ready for a game and got in the line first.”
“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade told reporters Sunday after practice. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”
Wade scored 30 points during Miami’s comeback victory on Monday.