Dwyane Wade dismisses criticism of son's appearance as 'stupidity'

In a photo of Wade and wife Gabrielle Union's family, some on social media took issue with Wade's son, Zion, sporting long white nails and wearing a crop top.
Image: NBA All-Star 2018 Los Angeles
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are seen at the premiere of "Shot In The Dark" during NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 15, 2018 in Los Angeles.Bobby Metelus / Getty Images file
By Janelle Griffith

Dwyane Wade responded to social media users who criticized the appearance of his 12-year-old son, Zion Malachi Airamis, in a recent family photo.

The retired NBA star dismissed what he described as "post-Thanksgiving hate" in a tweet over the weekend.

"Stupidity," Wade wrote, is a part of "this world we live in — so I get it."

"But here’s the thing — I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!"

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The photo that drew negative responses was uploaded to Instagram by Wade's wife, Gabrielle Union. It featured the couple, their young daughter, Kaavia James, and Zion, Wade's son from a previous relationship.

Some social media users took issue with Zion sporting long white nails and wearing a slightly cropped top.

Wade also responded in separate tweets to two Twitter users who praised him for accepting and embracing his children as they are.

"As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them and support them," he wrote.

This was not the first time Wade and Union have defended their children against Internet criticism.

Over the summer, Wade said he supported Zion attending the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade in April.

“I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job," Wade told Variety in June. "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.”

Zion posted pictures of himself at the Miami pride parade with his siblings and Union. Wade, who was on the road with the Miami Heat at the time, wrote in an Instagram story over a photo of Zion and Union at the parade: “We support each other with Pride!”

Union also responded to comments directed at her family over an Instagram story Wade posted in October of her, Kaavia James and Zion that he captioned "my girls."

After a Twitter user tweeted the image and asked, "What y’all think about this?" Union answered: "Looks like love to me" and said she truly hopes that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve.