Dwyane Wade talks about Mike Tyson defending his family after rapper Boosie Badazz made transphobic comments on Wade’s daughter.
During an interview with Central Ave Friday, Wade said he “appreciated” Tyson for talking about Wade’s 13-year-old daughter Zaya, who came out transgender earlier this year.
“I actually spoke to Mike about it at the beginning of the pandemic,” said the former professional basketball player. “We had a conversation. I guess from the standpoint that Mike is someone who has never tried to be perfect. He is someone who has learned from this life journey. “
“He’s so smart. He is so educated and knows about life, ”Wade (38) continued. “It was great for him to hear him say that to drop this nugget into the world.”
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Tyson called Boosie during an episode of his Hotboxin ‘With Mike Tyson podcast for making transphobic comments on Zaya earlier this summer. “I really commented on the situation with Dwyane Wade because I was offended because it’s a kid,” Boosie tried to explain. “That really is why I was offended.”
Boosie went on and tried to defend himself, with Tyson finally asking him, “What happened to you that you think you are someone who can comment on someone’s life?”
On Friday, Wade announced that he understands that everyone has “their own journey to accept things.”
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“I never came out and said something to someone who had a certain attitude towards me or someone else in my family and loved ones,” he said. “You don’t know us. You don’t know our heart. You definitely don’t know Zaya. So I’m just saying what my mom says, “Just pray for her.” ”
Wade, who is also the father of 2-year-old daughter Kaavia James and sons Xavier Zechariah (7) and Zaire (18), told PEOPLE in February that his hopes for Zaya are the same as for his other children: “For her too see their full potential. “
“While I’m picking up [Zaya]When I am raising my children you are just trying to put them in the best of situations to be successful in life, ”he said. “How I do it and how I and my wife decide to do it may be different than in another family, but we want them to know that there is always unconditional love, that there will always be support.”
Wade added, “We have you no matter what. And we’ll see you. … I see you as you see yourself. “