Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade said “I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics” in a Thursday statement.
As the London Games approach, athletes from across the globe prepare to prove their abilities in front of the world. It’s not about the money, it’s about the pride for your country.
On Wednesday Dwyane received backlash from the media for saying he thinks “guys should be compensated” for playing in the Olympic games. His statement, however, was misinterpreted. Wade was responding to a question about Olympians being paid… his response did not mean he-himself ‘required’ being compensated.
Elaborating on his statements, Dwyane Wade clarified his remarks by tweeting, “I’m reading a lot of reports coming out about my comments re: the Olympics and compensation. And I want to clear this up personally… I responded 2 a specific question asked by a reporter on my thoughts of Olympians being paid. I never asked to be paid to PLAY. What I was referencing is there is a lot of Olympic business that happens that athletes are not a part of – and it’s a complicated issue. But my love 4 the game & pride 4 USA motivates me more than any $$$ amount. I repped my country in 2004 when we won the bronze medal and… stood proudly to receive our gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. It’s always been an honor for me to be a part of the USA Olympic family… and I’m looking forward to doing it again in London this summer.”
Wade played for the United States twice; Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.