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Dwyane Wade addresses support of son Zion at Miami Pride

Dwyane Wade has opened up about supporting son Zion attending the Miami Pride parade in April, saying it’s his “job as a father” to do so.

Zion, then 11, attended the parade along with siblings as well as stepmother Gabrielle Union. Photos of the family making an appearance at the event were shared by Wade on social media.

During a recent interview with Variety, Wade explained that while he supports Zion in every way, he would prefer to not make it about him.

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade said to Variety during an interview at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France. “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.”

While there was an outpouring of praise for Wade and his family’s support of Zion, there was some backlash and criticism as well, something that surprised the recently retired NBA star.

“This is my job as a father,” Wade said. “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.”

Wade obviously will enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with his family now that his Hall of Fame career has come to an end. It’s clear that Wade does not take the responsibility he has for his children lightly.