Dwayne Wade Slams Donald Trump for Comments After Cousin’s Death

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FILE- In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade speaks during a news conference in Chicago. A family spokesman says a cousin of Wade's was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 25, while pushing a baby in a stroller on the city's South Side. Wade posted on Twitter: "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal." (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)

NBA player Dwayne Wade publicly responded to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now infamous tweet that exploited the death of his cousin as a push for the black vote.

Wade told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Friday,

“You know, it’s like, on one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain.”

However, Wade expressed gratitude that conversation has at least opened up about the violence in Chicago as the result of his cousin’s death. However, the NBA player explained that Donald Trump’s tweet left a

“bad taste in [his] mouth because of, you know, what [his] family is dealing with, and what [their] city of Chicago is dealing with, and it looks like it’s being used as a political gain.”

Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was walking with her baby when she was shot. Aldridge was not the intended target. Since her death, the spotlight has been placed on the pervasive violence in Chicago.

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