Dwyane Wade’s “D. Wade: Life Unexpected” Documentary [Trailer]
NBA retired superstar Dwyane Wade will be the featured focus of an upcoming ESPN documentary on his life growing up in the tough Chicago streets to his rise in becoming one of the most notable NBA superstar of our generation. On Thursday (Feb. 6th), the 3-time NBA champion took to his Twitter to share a short teaser of his ESPN’s close-up documentary entitled, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” directed and executive produced by longtime Wade friend Bob Metelus, is set to make its debut at 8 p.m. Central, Feb. 23 on ESPN.
In the ESPN documentary, the film does not shy away from the difficult topics. The former Miami Heat champion with share exclusive behind-the-scenes basketball footage including extensive coverage of the free agency drama of 2010 and the moment Wade learned LeBron James was joining the Heat.
In addition, interviews with pivotal figures from his life and career including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Pat Riley, Gabrielle Union-Wade. The film is a memorable look back at one of the defining careers of this generation. Wade said in a statement released by ESPN,
“I’m excited to share a side of myself with the world that not many people may know. This deeply personal documentary will give fans a never-before seen look not only at the behind-the-scenes of my sixteen year career in the NBA, but will peel back the curtain on my personal life – the highs, the lows and everything in between – showing how I created my own path to get to where I am today.”
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 5, 2020
“This deeply personal documentary … will peel back the curtain on my personal life — the highs, the lows and everything in between — showing how I created my own path to get to where I am today.”
The retired Heat player recently overlooked backlash he and his family came under for being an unapologetic parent, backing his 12-year-old son Zion’s sexuality. The Wades’ made headlines when he posted a photo of his wife Gabrielle Union, daughter Kaavia and Zion with the caption,
However, that did not stop Wade from having his son’s back. As reported, in an interview on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All The Smoke” podcast, Wade opened up about supporting Zion.
“I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son come home and tell you he’s gay?’ What are you going to do?You’re talking about strength and courage. My 12-year-old has way more than I have. You can learn something from your kids. In our household that’s all we talk about. We talk about making sure our kids are seen by us. We want them to be whoever they feel they can be in this world. That’s our goal.”
“While you trying to go down that process this is what’s going to come at you. It’s going to be a lot of negativity. It’s going to be a lot of hate and it’s not even just from my son sexuality, it’s just about being a young black man or a black woman right? When I respond to things socially I’m not responding because you’re hurting my feelings. Why I’m responding is because I understand my platform. I understand that I’m speaking for a lot of people that don’t have the same voice that I have.”
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