Dwyane Wade Gets Candid About Letting Go Of Zaya Wade's Future In Basketball

Dwyane Wade got candid.

BYZachary Horvath
Fast Company Innovation Festival - September 21

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are raising a beautiful family and all of their kids are very talented and poised for success in the future. Having two superstar parents who have seen it all in their lives, like Dwyane and Gabrielle, is an amazing perk to have. However, it can also be a con. When kids have celebrity parents who have excelled in their respective fields, society, and sometimes the parents, expect them to follow in their footsteps. That is something that Dwyane was dealing with himself.

One child that he felt was destined for the NBA was his then-son, Zion. Wade and Siovaughn Funches gave birth to him on May 29, 2007. But, Zion then changed her name to Zaya in 2019 and came out publicly as trans one year later. With that change, Zaya has been pursuing a career as a runway model and she is already making strides. For any parent, having a child transition can be a tough thing to accept, but Dwyane spoke with glee and truthfulness about supporting Zaya.

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Dwyane Wade Speaks The Honest Truth: Listen

In the clip above, Wade is speaking with ESPN's Shannon Sharpe on his Club Shay Shay podcast about letting go of his plans for Zaya. His close friends, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, have kids who are on track to reach the NBA. Those were his aspirations for Zaya but, as Wade said, "Then I got to meet my child." He continues candidly, "And a lot of people like to talk about Zaya's transition, but to me, Zaya hasn't transitioned into anything. She's but a kid, and now becoming a young adult." He is fully embracing her daughter's life choices and she is killing it right now in the fashion industry at just 16 years old.

What are your initial thoughts on Dwyane Wade speaking about his daughter, Zaya Wade? Why do you think it is hard for some people to accept other people's choices to transition? How do you feel about this situation as a whole? We want to hear what you have to say about all of this. With that in mind, be sure to leave all of your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. Additionally, always be sure to keep it locked in with HNHH for all of the latest breaking news around Dwyane Wade and the rest of the pop culture world.

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Zachary Horvath is the Music Freelance News Writer for HNHH. He was brought on to the staff in August 2023. The passion for music and sports has always been there and being able to share it through writing is extremely fulfilling for him. Zach looks to bring the very best content for the site.