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Dwyane Wade tweets, deletes support for Nick Cannon after Cannon's anti-Semitic remarks

David Wilson, Miami Herald on

Published in Basketball

Dwyane Wade is in hot water on social media after throwing his support behind Nick Cannon following Cannon's ouster from ViacomCBS following a series of anti-Semitic remarks he made on a podcast last month.

Cannon, a TV personality who was fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday, spouted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on an episode of his "Cannon's Class" podcast and refused to apologize for his remarks. On Wednesday, Wade stood in support of Cannon with a post on Twitter, although he quickly deleted the message.

"We are with you," Wade wrote in a since-deleted tweet directed to Cannon. "Keep leading!"

About an hour later, the former Miami Heat superstar attempted to clarify with a second tweet. Eventually, he made a second apology.

"I want to clarify my now deleted tweet," Wade wrote in the first apology. "I was not supporting or condoning what Nick Cannon specifically said, but I had expressed my support of him owning the content and brand he helped create."

In the second apology, Wade finally addressed Cannon's anti-Semitism, claiming he was unaware of what Cannon had said.

 

"I was too quick to respond without being fully informed about his hurtful anti-Semitic remarks," he wrote. "As you all know I have ZERO tolerance for any hate speech!"

The Heat declined to comment on the three-time champion's tweets.

Cannon had been the host of MTV's "Wild 'n Out" and a chairman for Nickelodeon's TeenNick. Last month, he hosted former Public Enemy rapper Professor Griff on an episode of his podcast. Part of the conversation centered upon Professor Griff's departure from Public Enemy in 1989, largely because of a string of homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. At the time, Professor Griff told The Washington Times, "The Jews are wicked. And we can prove this."

On the podcast, he doubled down on his past remarks.

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