Sunday 20 January 2019

Dwayne Wade dedicates his remaining NBA season to Florida school shooting victim

Joaquin Oliver lost his life in the shooting at Douglas High School.

Dwyane Wade has dedicated his season to the Florida shooting victims
Dwyane Wade has dedicated his season to the Florida shooting victims

By Press Association Sport Staff

Dwyane Wade has dedicated the rest of his season to one of the victims of the Florida school shooting.

Joaquin Oliver was one of 17 people to lose their lives during the Douglas High School massacre, and his parents revealed their son was buried in a replica Miami Heat jersey carrying Wade’s name and number three.

Wade – arguably the Heat’s greatest ever player – returned to the franchise earlier this month after an 18-month hiatus with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade tweeted he was going to cry when informed of 17-year-old Joaquin being buried in one of his replica jerseys, before going on to dedicate the rest of the season to the teenager.

“This is Joaquin Oliver. He was one of the 17 young lives that were lost tragically at Douglas High School in Parkland. Joaquin was one of many that i heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey. This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble!” Wade wrote.

The ‘shut up and dribble’ line was in reference to what Fox News host Laura Ingraham said LeBron James – Wade’s best friend and former Miami and Cleveland team-mate – should do after he made comments about President Donald Trump.

James has repeatedly said since the event that he will “not shut up and dribble” and declared himself “more than an athlete”.

“It’s way BIGGER than basketball. We are the voices for the people that don’t get to be heard. Joaquin Oliver may you Rest In Peace and i dedicate my return and the rest of this Miami Heat season to you,” Wade said.

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