That's because the NBA superstar kept shooting during the Canadian national anthem before Game 3 of the Miami Heat-Toronto Raptors playoff series Saturday night, disregarding the live rendition of "O Canada" being sung in South Beach.
In the footage below, you can see all of the Heat players with their attention on the singer, except for Wade, who continues his pre-game, warm-up routine.
After the Raptors defeated the Heat to take a 2-1 series lead, Wade insisted that he wasn't trying to disrespect Canada by continuing to shoot. Instead, he attributed the continued shooting to a longtime pre-game routine, in which he doesn't line up for the anthem until he sinks his last shot.
“I’m not a disrespectful person,” Wade told the Canadian press Sunday. “So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful to a country, then they don’t know who Dwyane Wade is.”
He added about his pre-game routine: “It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for and I’ve been doing it my whole career. So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. It was no disrespect from myself. And if anybody feels like it was, please don’t fill up my timeline with disrespectful comments, because that’s not this guy right here. Find somebody else for that. But we’ll adjust our pre-game routine for the next game.”
Canadian politicians aren't having it, though, especially Norm Kelly, the Toronto city councilman who notoriously dissed Meek Mill during the MC's feud with Drake.
Damn... we wonder if Drizzy is going to accept Wade's explanation or do the NBA superstar dirty 6 God style?
All eyes will be on D. Wade during the Canadian national anthem on Monday night in Miami before Game 4.
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