After being the target of a lot of scrutiny in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Dwyane Wade made sure to redeem himself in Game 4.
Wade had been the cause of a major uproar from Canadian basketball fans after seen going through his shooting warm-up during the Canadian national anthem. D-Wade has since stated that he didn't mean any disrespect, and would adjust his pregame ritual to ensure there are no issues moving forward.
”I'm not a disrespectful person,” Wade said. ”So if anybody thinks I'm being disrespectful to a country, then they don't know who Dwyane Wade is.”
In his best effort to make amends, the Miami Heat star guard was one of the first players lined up for the anthem.
Can report everyone was standing where they needed to be for the Canadian national anthem — Wade included pic.twitter.com/tVEfznNbBQ
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) May 9, 2016
The incident received so much attention that even members of the Toronto government issued their own statements, such as Toronto city councilor Norm Kelly.
“He should've just been more aware,” Kelly said. “I don't think we'll see a repeat of what he did. He's smart. He's aware. He'll know next time.”
The Heat went on to win Game 4 and tie the series at 2-2. Game 5 will take place in Toronto on Wednesday 8pm (EST).