Dwyane Wade sure does know how to hush folks up and put his money where his mouth is.
Friday night, he turned a negative situation into a positive after getting slammed on twitter for posting a tweet that some of his fans felt was insensitive. According to his tweet, it took the Heat three hours to get to New York City from Newark Airport because of the gridlock traffic caused by Hurricane Sandy. He tweeted:
3 hour traffic just to get into the NY city… #C’monMan
After being called every name in the book, D. Wade deleted the tweet and clarified what he was attempting to say about the aftermath of the storm:
2 be clear “Traffic tweet was meant 2 say”… We shouldn’t B [here] 2 play a basketball game when theirs so many families obviously still R affected by #Sandy
In his defense, he did tweet the day before that although he loved playing at the Garden, he could not help but think about the families that had lost power, food and water during the storm. After the twitter debacle, D. Wade stepped up to the plate and announced that he would be donating his pay from last night’s game against the Knicks — approximately $210,000 before taxes — to a charity.
The money I make tonight can be left for a good cause. I know a lot of people here. Knowing the things they have been through, it’s just mind-boggling. Miami is a place that is affected by hurricanes all the time so I know how the community can be impacted by it. It’s tough.
I didn’t think that the game of basketball was of importance today, but the show must go on I guess and we will try to come out here and represent both cities, Miami and New York. I just felt there was bigger things to be concerned about.
He also tweeted today:
NYC has given my love ones and I so many great memories..donating my game check was the least I could do…#SandyRelief
Meanwhile, it seems as though the Heat may have donated a win to the New York Knicks as well. The Knicks beat the Heat 104-84, and when someone tweeted Dwyane’s girl Gabrielle Union about the loss, she responded:
I’m ok w/ it…my guy donated 210k to relief efforts & most of our friends finally have power #biggerthanbasketball