NBA star Dwyane Wade shared with Variety recently that it’s “his job as a father” to support his son attending a pride parade.
In April, Wade’s then 11-year-old son Zion posted pictures of himself at Miami Pride, with his siblings and stepmother Gabrielle Union.
Wade, who was on the road with the Miami Heat, chimed in and voiced his love for Zion on social media. “We support each other wide Pride!” Wade wrote on Instagram.
“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade said to Variety during an interview at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”
Asked if he had a message for other parents during Pride month, Wade said it’s no different than parenting every other month of the year.
“I’m asked a question about my kids a lot from a sports perspective,” Wade said. “I think people expect you to parent each kids the same. They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.”
1. This makes me so emotional. @RaminSetoodeh asked @DwyaneWade about how he publicly supported his son Zion at Miami Pride 🌈🌈🌈
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“I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids. This is my job as a father”
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— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 21, 2019
Dwayne Wade and Gabby Union supporting young Zion at Miami Pride is so beautiful, I could cry. I can’t imagine having had this type of support as a kid (or even young adult). Amazing example of living in and showing unconditional love 💕 pic.twitter.com/2cT8Ow6kik
— Câmi Thomas (@CamiCruzThomas) April 7, 2019