Former NBA star Dwyane Wade has taken to social media to hit back at trolls for directing cruelty towards his family after his wife Gabrielle Union shared a Thanksgiving snap of their family.
In the photo, Wade stands with Gabrielle, their daughter Kaavia James and his second-oldest child Zion who wore a cropped top and sported long, white nails.
Most people wrote sweet comments on the snap, but some Instagram users criticised the father for allowing his son to wear the outfit and have his nails done. One user even wrote they “lost all respect” for the father.
Wade took to Twitter to address the haters directly, writing, “I’ve seen some post-Thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is [a part] of this world we live in — so I get it. But here’s the thing — I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love [and] a smile!”
Fans quickly responded with lovely comments, praising the father for loving his children as they are.
Wade has previously shared snaps of his family supporting Zion at Miami Pride, the sportsman was unable to be at the parade himself as he had a basketball game in Toronto. It was very clear, however, how much support Zion has from his family.
In an Instagram story, Wade wrote, “Wish I was there to see you smile kid!”
Sadly, Wade received backlash at the time, telling Variety in June, “I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell.”
He added, “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 basketball star went on to say, “This is my job as a father… 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 may not like the accolades, but if he encourages other parents to support their children in the same way then he’s doing a great job!