Dwyane Wade is caught up in a 9/11 controversy after a transcription error suggested that the Miami Heat star compared losing several games to the World Trade Center "coming down." While Wade did indeed mention the collapse of the World Trade Center in a Sunday interview, his actual remarks are far tamer than what was originally circulated.
In an interview with NBA FanHouse, Wade said that the Heat will be a major target during the next NBA season:
"We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there's going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it's not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games."
According to a post at the Sporting Blog, Wade's comments were initially published differently. "If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade (Center) is coming down again," Wade was originally reported to have said.
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UPDATE: Dwyane Wade released the following statement:
"In an interview yesterday, I attempted to explain how some people may view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the upcoming season. It appears that my reference to the World Trade Center has been either inaccurately reported or taken completely out of context. I was simply trying to say that losing a few basketball games should not be compared to a real catastrophe. While it was certainly not my intention, I sincerely apologize to anyone who found my reference to the World Trade Center to be insensitive or offensive."