NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade said Donald Trump’s tweet after his cousin was killed in crossfire in Chicago left “a bad taste” in his mouth.
In an interview on Good Morning America, the 34-year-old Chicago Bulls player reacted to a tweet by the Republican presidential nominee who posted about the death of Nykea Aldridge, Wade’s cousin who was killed walking down the street with her child. (RELATED: Don Cheadle On Donald Trump: You Are A ‘Piece Of S–t)
“A lot of the things I’ve seen wasn’t even her name,” Wade said. “And that hurt me to be the name that they talked about instead of talking about a mother of four. That kind of hurt me and put me in a dark place for a while.” (RELATED: Read Dwyane Wade’s Letter To Miami Heat Fans After Signing With The Chicago Bulls)
“I was kind of conflicted,” he added. “On one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain. On the other hand it’s a national story.”
“I was grateful that it started a conversation, but on the other hand, it just [left] a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with.”
Following her death Trump took to his Twitter account.
Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
“Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” Trump tweeted. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will vote for Trump.”