Dwyane Wade details supporting son at Miami Pride, tells parents: 'Get to know your kids'

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Dwyane Wade details supporting son at Miami Pride, tells parents: 'Get to know your kids'

The NBA basketball star said it's a parent's job "to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do."
Dwyane Wade hugs his son, Zion, after his final career home game at American Airlines Arena on April 9, 2019 in Miami.

NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade wasn't at the Miami pride parade that his son Zion and wife Gabrielle Union attended in the spring. But his son, now 12, knew his dad supported and loved him.

He was raised that way.

"I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade said during an exclusive interview with Variety. "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.”

Wade was on the road with the Miami Heat during the Pride parade. He showed his support from Toronto on his Instagram Story writing, "We support each with pride!"

'They are all different'

Union, who married Wade in 2014 is Zion's stepmom. Zion and his oldest son Zaire, 17, are Wade's children with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. Union and Wade also have Xavier, 5 and Kaavia, 7 months. 

Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union-Wade and family watch play during the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

When asked if he has a message for other parents during Pride month, Wade said to remember that children are individuals.

"I’m asked a question about my kids a lot from a sports perspective," Wade told Variety. "I think people expect you to parent each kids the same. They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them."

Wade, 37, added that he didn't feel comfortable with either the props or backlash that came from the social media of Zion's Miami pride parade support just from doing his job as a parent.

"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."


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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dwyane Wade details supporting son at Miami Pride, tells parents: 'Get to know your kids'