An Emotional Dwyane Wade Had This Touching Message For The Family Of The Parkland Shooting Victim Buried Wearing His Jersey

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Dwyane Wade #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before the game against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on February 6, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The Magic defeated the Cavaliers 116 to 98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

An Emotional Dwyane Wade Had This Touching Message For The Family Of The Parkland Shooting Victim Buried Wearing His Jersey

The returning Miami player tweeted "This is why we will not shut up and dribble."

Published February 27, 2018

There’s no doubt Dwyane Wade’s career has had a tremendous impact on young people around the country. However, one story in particular touched the Miami Heat star to deeply, he nearly broke down in tears. 

During a recent interview with Univision, parents of one of the victims killed during the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High revealed their son was buried in Wade’s No. 3 Heat jersey. When the Heat guard learned that 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, who moved to Florida from Venezuela when he was 3, was laid to rest with his number, he admitted he became very emotional.

  1. In response to a tweet about Oliver being buried in his jersey, Wade said "you're about to make me cry this afternoon"
  2. Wade then shared an image of Oliver and said his story is why he won't just "shut up and dribble" — which is a reference to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s criticism of athletes in politics

    “You really can’t put that in words,” Wade told reporters after practice Monday about Oliver. “You hurt for the family and if you’re able to get an opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope that the time where he was alive, that you were able to bring some form of joy to his life and something memorable, a story that you guys can talk about.

    “I don’t even know the word for it. Like I retweeted on Twitter, I said, ‘You’re going to make me cry.’ It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that burying him in my jersey is something that he wanted. I take a lot of pride in what I’ve done in this state and what I’ve meant for the youth, so I appreciate that.”

  3. The basketball star then dedicated the rest of his season with the Miami Heat to Oliver

    Wade was traded back to Miami at the NBA trade deadline Feb. 8 after starting the year with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)


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