AceShowbiz - Dwyane Wade has broken his silence on the criticism that he received for showing support to his son Zion, who made an appearance at a Pride Parade in Miami with stepmom Gabrielle Union earlier this year. Speaking to Variety, the retired basketball player admitted he was quite surprised to know that his support generated backlash, because he only did his job as a parent.
"This is my job as a father," he said. "I'm very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I'm doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It's my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids' lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we're going to sit back and just love you."
He continued defending his decision by stressing that he just did what "I feel is right for my family and that's to support my kids the same way if it's a sport, or if they come home with great grades." Dwyane added, "It's to big them up and let them know they can do anything in this world. I'm from the inner-city of Chicago and I wasn't told that."
Speaking about his son's sexuality, Dwyane noted, "I don't really talk about it much because it's Zion's story to tell." The former NBA star also gave advice to other parents during Pride Month, "I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don't put your wants and needs on them."
Zion and Gabrielle attended the Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration back in April, while Dwyane couldn't join them as he was in Toronto for a game. However, he showed that he had his son in his mind by sharing some photos from the event on his Instagram account, writing in the caption, "We support each other with Pride!"