On Friday morning, NBA star Dwyane Wade spoke publicly for the first time since the murder of his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, last week. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Wade talked about the aftermath of his cousin’s death, including the series of controversial tweets by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, about which Wade says he has mixed feelings.
Within hours of the news of Aldridge’s murder, Trump tweeted that because of tragedies like hers, “African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”, and misspelled Wade’s name in the process, then tweeted the same thing twice more before someone on Trump’s Twitter account finally sent condolences. Wade told Stephanopoulos that he was “grateful” for the attention Trump’s tweets drew to the problems in Chicago, but also put off by the political nature of the tweets:
I want eyes on this city. You know, I want us to be able to do more together, and only way to do that is more people know what’s going on. I was grateful it started a conversation, but on the other hand it just put a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with, and it looks like it’s been used as a political gain.
Wade also told Stephanopoulos that his kids are afraid of the police, a sentiment that Trump is unlikely to amplify. Wade spoke about a variety of ways to tackle the violence in the city, and said he hopes his return to Chicago will enable him to help the community.
Watch the full interview above, from GMA.
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