In an interview with the new Showtime Sports podcast called All the Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Wade said the LGBTQ community are the “normal” ones… “they’re not even different … everybody get used to it,” he added, via PEOPLE.
“Everybody get used to it, this is the new normal. If anybody different, [we’re] looked at as different, you know what I’m saying? The ones that don’t understand it.”
“The ones that don’t get it, the ones stuck in a box. You’re different, not the people out here living their lives, man, you know what I’m saying? Ultimately, you want your kids to be free and live their lives.”
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Last month, the former Miami Heat player addressed the negative reaction his family received on social media over a photo that his wife Gabrielle Union posted online showing Zion rocking a crop top and Lee press-on nails for women (see pic above).
“I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so I get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!” the retired NBA star wrote.
“As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them and support them,” he added.
Wade said in the new interview that “when I respond to things socially, I’m not responding because you hurt my feelings, I’m not responding because I even care enough about what you’re saying … why I’m responding is because I understand my platform. … I’m speaking for so many others in the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It’s just my version of support,” he said.
He added that his wife “gave me some different lenses to look through, of life, and changed my whole perspective” on sexuality and gender, and again addressed any people who speak out against the LGBTQ community.
“All these people [that are] out there saying those things, look at yourself, understand that you the one that got the issues, you’re the one that got the problem,” Wayne told All the Smoke.
Watch the podcast via the clip above.