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Dwyane Wade Speaks On Kobe’s Comments That Miami Heat Supported Justice For Trayvon Martin Because He Was Black
You’ve probably already heard about the statements Kobe Bryant made in the new issue of The New Yorker about the Miami Heat’s decision to post an image on Twitter as a team with hoodies on and up back in 2012. They did this in solidarity for Trayvon Martin, and as a call for justice. If you didn’t get to check out what Bryant said about the team’s picture, here it is. It had quite a few people upset:
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, just because I’m African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
One of the people who stood in that picture was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. In a quick chat with Bleacher Report before a Heat game on Friday (Wade is currently out with a hamstring injury), he was asked to share his thoughts about Bryant’s controversial statements. Wade said that being fathers of young black boys, and knowing Martin was killed in the very state they play in was the major reason they wanted to get the word out about his death back before it was making national news:
“It was our backyard, and being in our backyard, being something that a lot of guys on this team—not only growing up in the kind of environment that Trayvon was in—but also having young boys. Knowing that he is a big fan of the Miami Heat. That is something that we got behind. As a team. I can’t even say the organization. It was as a team. We got behind it. And it was more so that than the color of his skin.
There’s a lot of causes that go on, that players get behind, and it’s not all black causes. You know what I mean? Most of the causes have something to do with something that’s near and dear to you. Like Chris [Bosh] writing on his shoe earlier in the year, because his wife is Venezuelan. It’s the same kind of thing. So it’s just a difference of opinion.”
Bleacher Report says that Chris Bosh wrote “SOS Venezuela” on his playing shoe to protest current living conditions in the country. And LeBron James even got involved in getting people signed up for healthcare before the deadline on Monday. But as for seeking justice for Martin, while race played a role, being able to relate to the teen and being fathers was also a factor.
Kobe has since spoken out again on Twitter after folks (black Twitter of course), came for him.
What do you think about Wade’s response to Bryant’s opinions?
Hollywood “It” couple Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union celebrated their recent engagement during a swanky shindig at the Pearl Champagne Lounge in Miami. The after-hours event went down this past weekend with a guest list that included celebs such as Kelly Rowland, Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx as well as the couple’s family and friends.
“They arrived with a big group of family,” a partygoer tells E!
Gabby’s parents were also in attendance and from the looks of it, they had a blast.
“You know it’s a good time when Pops is turnt up in the club… #pearlchampagnelounge #ohmyleg #noYOUtellmydadhesbeencutofffrombottleservice,” the “Being Mary Jane” actress posted in an Instagram message.
The party had a white theme and servers were dressed in all white.
“They seemed really in love,” the partygoer continued. “He had his hand on her side all night. The party felt very intimate. They spent a lot of time talking to family members.”
Check out photos from the lovely party on the following pages.
It’s hump day and that means the #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) posts were in full effect today. One interesting — and unexpected — #WCW shout out came from Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade who posted the pic above of his fianceé Gabrielle Union and publicly confessed to nearly ruining their relationship, writing:
My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen… My Life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you…
This is essentially Dwyane Wade’s only admission of guilt since he announced he had fathered a baby outside of their relationship at the end of 2013. At the time he referred to the new “blessing” in his life without really acknowledging the messiness the child was born out of and ever since then Gabrielle Union has been on a media campaign to make us believe in their love and let us know she hasn’t been the perfect partner either. Today, it was nice to see Dwyane at least shoulder some of the burden of guilt, even if his hope to spend the rest of his life with Gabby seems a little odd considering they’re already engaged. Hopefully all is well back at the ranch.
What do you think about D. Wade’s #WCW message?
‘I’m Not Going To Feel Sorry For Gabrielle:’ NBA Groupie Speaks On Alleged Relationship With Dwyane Wade
When news first leaked that Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade fathered a child outside of his relationship with Gabrielle Union, many assumed that the child’s mother was Sandrina Schultz, a woman that has been tied to the shooting guard since he was married to now-ex-wife, Siohvaughn Wade. But it turns out that the infant’s mother was actually Aja Meteyor and Sandrina says she was very hurt by the situation.
“With Dwyane, that was a shock,” she said during an interview with The Break Room. “I didn’t know he was having a baby. He didn’t tell me and we are friends. We’ve been friends close to 10 years now. It was really heartbreaking in the sense that we have discussed relationships and babies. Then you come out to find that he had a baby. That was a little bit too much for me to handle.”
Though she insists that they’re just friends now, she says that the majority of her romantic relationship with Dwyane occurred while he was still with his ex-wife.
“We started when he was going through some trials and tribulations with his ex-wife. Now we’re just friends I do want to clarify that.”
It’s unclear if their affair overlapped into his relationship with Gabrielle Union; however, she was sure to throw shade at the “Being Mary Jane” actress and make it obvious that she doesn’t care much for her.
“Gabrielle [Union], whatever. She… I don’t really have too much to say about her.”
As for whether or not she feels remorseful when she creeps around with players who have wives and girlfriends at home:
“I don’t feel sorry for anyone that’s married or a girlfriend to these atheletes. We all know athletes do their thing. I haven’t met one athlete who didn’t have many girls on the side. When you choose this lifestyle, you just have to accept it.”
And she specficially doesn’t feel any remorse towards Gabrielle because, wait for it…Gabby has more money than she does.
“I can’t feel sorry and I’m not going to feel sorry for Gabrielle because she has more money than me in the acting world. I’m not feeling sorry for anyone and no one is feeling sorry for me. I’m not really into breaking marriages. I don’t wanna none of these guys like that.”
The model and author also insists that being called a groupie is nothing to be ashamed of.
“There are groupies out there that are bad ones, but then there’s the good groupies or the successful groupies. You know, Kim Kardashian, Khloe and all of them,” she explained. “But my take on the whole groupie thing is that I have a certain group of men that I’m interested in and thus far it’s been NBA players. I love these groups of men and I’m not going to stop because I’m labeled as a groupie.”
Sandrina adds that players who seek out a certain type of woman can also be considered groupies.
“And for them, whether it’s the dark-skinned girl or the light-skinned girl with the big booty, long hair and all these other kinds of characteristics that they like. You know, they, themselves, are groupies.”
She also discussed her alleged affair with Lamar Odom, which supposedly began during the beginning of his relationship with soon-to-be ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian. Sandrina also claims that she was with Lamar the night he met Khloe at a nightclub.
Watch Sandrina’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Gabrielle Union Says Dwyane Wade Took The Lead On Planning Their Wedding: ‘Secretly, This Is His Princess Moment’
Considering that she didn’t have the time to participate in the planning of her first wedding, you’d think that Gabrielle Union would jump at the opportunity to plan the wedding of her dreams the second time around. But according to the “Being Mary Jane” actress, her fiancé, Dwyane Wade, is the one having all of the fun planning their wedding.
“I’m out doing wine tastings, secretly this is like his princess moment he has waited for for a long time, he’s been hoarding bridal magazines, he’s very ready,” she joked during an appearance on “The Ellen Show.”
The 41-year-old bride-to-be adds that her Miami Heat-playing boo is involved in the tiniest details of what their special day will look like.
“He’s into aspects I didn’t even know went into wedding planning. He is on. To have a centerpiece, to not have a centerpiece—he has very strong opinions. [He says] no centerpieces. Who cares? Um, he does! He’s very particular about the music and the guest list.”
She went on to reiterate that not many people will be invited to the wedding.
“I think people are thinking [the guest list] is a lot bigger than it is. They’ll find out when [they're not invited].”
Ellen also probed about the couple’s 9-year age difference, which Gabby says is most prevalent during bedtime and when it comes to their musical preferences.
“The biggest is like for music. Like I want the O’Jays to play at our wedding. He wants Young Jeezy. You know, I’m like, ‘Ooh, Patti Labelle,’and he’s like, ‘Ariana Grande.’ It’s night and day.”
“If we’re watching ‘Nashville,’ which is one of our favorite shows, I might drift off. That’s one of the downsides of dating an older gal—we drift off.”
While she’s speaking a little more freely about their wedding plans, she remains tight lipped about the actual wedding date.
Check out Gabby’s interview on the next page.
Since the announcement of their engagement last December, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s relationship has really been put to the test. Just days after their engagement, the public learned that Wade fathered a child outside of his relationship with the “Being Mary Jane” actress, which further opened the door for public scrutiny and questions regarding what’s really going on behind the closed doors of their relationship. Now explosive details from athlete’s ugly divorce from ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, are reemerging.
According court documents unearthed by RadarOnline, Funches painted Wade as a cheating and abusive husband who infected her with an STD. Interestingly, she says that his personality shift came just after they tied the knot in 2002.
“I had known that Dwyane Wade had a temper and could become violent at times,” she alleged in court documents. “But when we moved out of my mother’s home … into our own apartment with our infant son, the violence increased. This, however, was just the surface of the domestic violence Dwayne Wade would inflict upon me.”
The mom of two recalled one specific incident where she alleges that a fight with Wade got so out of hand, she wound up spending a week in the hospital.
“He picked up a garbage can made of marble stone and threw it at me. Dwyane Wade picked me up into the air above his head and slammed me down onto a large ottoman with such force that the ottoman broke into pieces when he slammed my body on it and banged my head against a marble bathroom floor.”
“Subsequently, I ended up having to be rushed to the emergency room of Christ Hospital and spent an entire week hospitalized.”
She adds that she noticed a correlation between her ex-husband’s success and the deterioration of their marriage.
“As Dwyane Wade’s income increased, his arrogance and pride increased as well,” Funches explained. “Dwyane Wade began to call me derogatory names more, throw things at me, hit me, take all my money from me, and even kicked me out of the house causing me not to have a place to live. … As a means of controlling me, and as part of Dwyane Wade’s domestic violence pattern, he would often hit me, lock me in rooms and not allow me out, threaten to take my sons from me and frighten me by telling me he knows judges and that they are on his pay roll and he can take the children from me at any time he wanted. The domestic violence and abuse continued on for several years in our family.”
Funches also accused her ex-husband of using money to control her when she tried to leave him.
“I tried to leave Dwyane Wade, but when I did, he made sure I did not have access to my own home and he cut off all my bankcards and denied me access to any money,” she continues. “This exerting of power and control has continued to this day.”
“The marriage has ended but Dwyane Wade’s abuse has not ceased, and through the court system he continues to use his money and influence to exert power and control over me …”
She insists that their marriage came to an end when she tested positive for an STD, something she says is proof that he cheated on her. Wade has denied her claims and is suing his ex-wife for defamation. One can only wonder with these old skeletons are being rehashed. But if we had to take a wild guess, we’d say that Wade’s upcoming wedding with Union probably has a lot to do with it.
‘I’ve Never Seen Dwyane Balance A Checkbook, So I Gotta Protect My Stuff:’ Gabrielle Union On Why She’s Getting A Prenup
Gabrielle Union recently stopped by “The Arsenio Hall Show” where she opened up about her wedding plans and why she insists in signing a prenup with hubby-to-be, Dwyane Wade, before saying “I do.”
On how her exes compare to fiancé, Dwyane Wade:
“Unemployed. They don’t start out that way. I’m one of those, ‘Baby I’ll stick with you. I think you have potential. Let’s be on this ride together.’ Except my train kept going and they’d hopped off and they’re like, ‘Well, you can pay.’ Not everyone had the same six pack as Dwyane. They were maybe a littler fuller, a little less hair. And I’m divorced so clearly, I’ve made a ton of mistakes before this one.”
On requiring a prenup before marrying Dwyane:
“For this marriage, the biggest difference between this and the last marriage will be a prenup…at my insistence. When you have you own stuff, you don’t need to worry about anybody else’s stuff. So everyone should go into the relationship knowing I’m here for you and you’re here for me. And the reality is, I’ve never seen Dwyane balance a checkbook, so I gotta protect my stuff. It’s the wave of the future, protecting your stuff.”
On if wedding planning is easier the second time around:
“Yeah. Well, the last time I just wrote checks. I was working, I had a wedding planner. I just showed up like, ‘Oh, that’s nice. Who picked that out?’ I was not a part of it. But the pastor who married me—the first time—he didn’t even get my name right. Yeah, no. He refused to come to the rehearsal dinner and then didn’t say my name correctly. I even pronounced my own name incorrectly so this should’ve been a sign that it wasn’t gonna work.”
On dealing with bridesmaid syndrome:
“No bridesmaids. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen. Trying to wrangle a bunch of broads, like oh, somebody wants one kind of dress, somebody wants something else, you start to not like them after a couple of months. So, yeah. We’re older. This is the second time around. It’s just us and the kids. We’re just riding out, just us.”
On Dwyane being cut-throat about their guest list:
“There’s a lot of people who think they’re coming…and they are not. Oh, it’s bad. I don’t [draw that line], he’s the executioner like, ‘Let’s go through your list. Absolutely not.’ And I’m like, ‘Our cousins?’ and he’s like, ‘No.’ If you’re not about us and we don’t both have a relationship with you, you’re not gonna make it. So if we were at Magic City in Atlanta, you’re probably not coming.”
I totally can’t blame her for wanting to do without the bridesmaid drama.
Watch Gabby talk prenups with Arsenio below. Turn the page to hear about her wedding plans. Thoughts?
It’s not often that we nod our heads in agreement to things that come from the mouth of former Basketball Wives cast member Draya Michele. But she’s speaking the truth. Recently, on Twitter she was chatting with her fans when one of them asked her if marriage was on the horizon. See how Draya responded.
Now, she didn’t call any names but do we really have to guess who she’s referring to? And while it might not have even occurred to us to phrase it this way, it’s true. Most of us can agree we want a proposal and then wedding scandal free.
Today Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade turns 32 and his fiancée Gabrielle Union sent him some IG love to mark his birthday. Posting the pic above on Instagram, Gabby wrote:
Happy Birthday @dwyanewade … #lovelightpeace
The bday wish is notably watered down given all the shade this union has been receiving since we found out Dwyane got one of his long-term sidepieces pregnant while the couple was on a “break.” Gabby’s been making her media rounds to discuss her hit drama series “Being Mary Jane” for the past two weeks, and aside from a few remarks about being thrilled to be apart of D. Wade’s family and loving his sons like her own, she’s shied away from too much chatter about the status of the couple’s relationship. Judging by the rock on that finger, though, they appear to be doing just fine.
Happy Birthday to D. Wade who shares a birthday with the incredible Michelle Obama!
You take a break at work when you need a latte. You take a break while working out to catch your breath and take a swig of Powerade. You might even need a break from your kids when you feel like it’s either a criminal record and jail time or closing your door for 10 minutes so you can locate your maternal instincts. But relationship breaks I don’t understand. Taking a break from your boyfriend is like inviting miscommunication and infidelity into your relationship.
Long before Dwyane Wade and Ludacris were creating love-children outside of their long-term relationships, Ross from Friends was the reigning king of “We were on a break!” If his relationship with Rachel serves as any kind of warning to women, it should be that men don’t interpret breaks the same way we do. To most men, a break equals a break up with perks. It’s a fall back from the relationship itself, which indicates that there will be no more regular sex, daily phone calls and other things that serve as proof that you’re committed to someone. Most men aren’t going to freely admit, “I’m lonely and insecure. I got used to having someone next to me every night and you just up and cut that off. In the meantime I’ll substitute you with someone else.” It’s not necessarily that they’re able to move on quickly, they’re just great at making it appear that way. Naturally, it’s easier for men to compartmentalize their emotions; to them you’re either together or you aren’t. When you start playing the “it’s complicated” game, it gets easily misconstrued and that’s when feelings gets hurt. It takes a lot of maturity to successfully navigate a break and make the most of it to improve a relationship. It’s a level of maturity that most people don’t possess.
You have to be clear about exactly what the break means and what you hope to accomplish with it. Do you get to see other people? Do you get to sex other people? What exactly can occur in this pseudo-single lifestyle? This is where breaks get pointless to me. It’s one thing to need a couple of days to cool off, but if you think you’re trying to prove a point by putting a man’s pen*s on punishment for a month, you’re probably playing yourself.
Long before Ross was creating catch phrases, I had a best friend in high school who damn near invented “the break”. After sleeping with a guy who then turned clingy, she promptly told him they should fall back and go back to being friends for a while and then work their way up. I remember thinking of how pointless (good game, but pointless) that was then and I still feel the same way now. What the hell is the point of taking a break and not just going your separate ways? I’ve been in a relationship for more than 7 years now and I can testify that sometimes turning off your cell phone, retreating to your own place and bashing your man with your best friends (or in a good journal) does a relationship good. There’s nothing wrong with taking a few days to calm yourself down so you can focus on why you fell for your partner in the first place. But taking weeks or months to push re-occurring problems in your relationship to the back burner does nothing but make them eventually boil over. If you and your partner can’t have a clear conversation about conflicts in the relationship, taking a break does nothing but put a Band-Aid on it.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are too many women that believe being in a relationship means being up under your partner 24/7. When you start to dance on one another’s nerves (which inevitably happens) and folks start taking each other for granted, you then feel like a “break” is needed. In all actuality, all you ever needed was a healthy balance of alone time invested into your separate lives.
Still, there will be couples who think that breaks are beneficial. Fine, but then there is this whole recklessness of carelessly creating kids and bringing them into situations that grown people couldn’t even get together. It’s immature, cowardly and unfair to everyone involved. I mean, how much can you possibly care for someone if you didn’t have sense enough to use a condom correctly? I don’t know all the details of these celebrities’ indiscretions, but it appears to be messy. Relationships can be as messy as you want them to be without you pro-creating and adding more issues to the pile.
At their best, breaks allow a couple to realize how special what they have really is, but more often than not, couples use them to avoid problems that they should be working on or to soften the blow of the inevitable. Choose your breaks wisely, because too many of them or even just one taken at the wrong time and without clear communication of what is expected just might make the whole thing fall apart.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.