Miami Heat point guard Dwayne Wade ruffled a few feathers north of the 49th parallel.
Prior to the start of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semis between the Raptors and Heat, Wade continued shooting during the singing of the Canadian National Anthem. From doing so, the Miami Heat star is actually in violation of NBA rule H (2), which states:
“Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.”
Apparently, Wade has done this before–even during the Star-Spangled Banner. Part of his pre-game ritual is to not line up with his teammates until he has made his last shot–typically a bank shot from the left wing.
When asked for a comment Sunday, he replied, “I’m not a disrespectful person…So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful to a country, then they don’t know who Dwyane Wade is.”
Dwayne Wade put up 38 points in Game 3 despite losing to the Raptors 95-91 on Saturday. Game 4 is in Miami on Monday.