NBA superstar Dwyane Wade has broken his silence about the death of his cousin who was tragically murdered in Chicago.
Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was pushing a baby stroller down a sidewalk when she was struck by bullets fired from gang members during a fight. Police have said Aldridge was not an intended target and two of the shooters have been arrested. Her death sparked a media storm where individuals from both sides of the aisle weighed in, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who used the death of Aldridge to attempt to score political points. Wade spoke out about the controversy on a segment on Good Morning America. Wade said, “On one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain. 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.”
Wade was further upset that his cousin’s murder only was raised to a national level because she was related to him. He said, “A lot of the things I’ve seen wasn’t even her name, and that hurt me to be the name that they talked about instead of talking about a mother of four.”
The “ploy for political gain” Wade mentioned was entirely meant for Donald Trump, who in the hours after the murder of Aldridge tweeted:
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
Donald Trump’s recent attempts to amend his image in the eyes of minorities, particularly among African-Americans, has fallen flat. His attempts to use the tragic death of Nykea Aldridge have led him to be in an even deeper hole than he was previously, and the public condemnation of Dwyane Wade will only dig Trump even farther down.
Watch the full interview below: