Dwyane Wade broke NBA rule during Canadian national anthem
There are a group of Canadians furious at Dwyane Wade.
Wade broke a set of NBA rules and at the same time, people of Canada felt they were disrespected by him in the process.
The normal arrangement at Miami Heat home games (per the Palm Beach Post) is to have the U.S. national anthem be performed just before player introductions. However, in games against the Toronto Raptors, both anthems are played more than 10 minutes earlier than that, and Wade claimed he was caught off guard.
As the Canadian anthem was sung, Wade was the only player on the floor not in the lineup. He was behind the players taking jump shots as if he was the only player in the arena at practice. It was taken as disrespect by Canadians although Wade insists it was a misunderstanding.
In the process, Wade broke a set of NBA rules under Article H, which states he should be lined up on the floor and along the sideline as the anthem is being performed, and there are no exceptions to the rule:
“Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.”
If the NBA decides to take any action, Wade could face a fine up to $10,000 for not being in place.