Dwyane Wade on Supporting Son’s Miami Pride Attendance: That’s ‘My Job as a Father’


There for his son! Dwyane Wade opened up about his 12-year-old son Zion’s decision to attend Miami Pride this year.

Dwyane Wade on Supporting Son's Miami Pride Attendance
Dwyane Wade hugs his son, Zion Wade. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” the former professional basketball player, 37, told Variety on Tuesday, June 18. “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.”

The athlete added, “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 the 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.’”

Wade welcomed Zion in 2007 with his then-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, and also shares son Zaire, 17, with her. He welcomed Xavier, 5, with his ex-girlfriend Aja Metoyer in 2013, followed by Kaavia, 7 months, with his wife, Gabrielle Union, in November 2018.

In April, the actress, 46, supported her stepson at Miami’s Pride parade while the NBA star was away at work. The Chicago native still showed his support, though, writing, “Zion had his [own] cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile kid!”

The L.A.’s Finest star told Us Weekly exclusively later that same month, “My mom took me to my first Pride at eight years old. We moved to San Francisco, and it’s kind of part of being a global citizen. People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it. In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to pride.”

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