But that sidestepped the major issue:
Wade was disrespectful.
I’m sure Wade didn’t intend to disrespect anyone with his Game 3 warmup, but he did. So, his initial response fell a little short.
The Heat star addressed it after Game 4 and said the two magic words: “I apologize.”
Wade, via The Canadian Press:
“No disrespect at all from me,” he said. “I apologize for Canada thinking that I would disrespect them as a country.”
“I have so much respect for the Toronto Raptors, obviously, and I have respect for the country of Canada,” he added.
Good for Wade for owning that, even if he could’ve done so a day earlier. The delay made the issue bigger than it needed to be, but it didn’t enhance the initial offense. It just lengthened the the amount of negative attention Wade received.
Now, everyone should move on.