Dwyane Wade on Tough Childhood: “I Was That Kid That Anytime I See the Police, I Would Run. Because I’ve Watched Them Coming, Handcuff and Take Away in the House”

Published 12/23/2021, 11:00 AM EST


Glitz, glamour, and plenty of success, Dwyane Wade has seen it all. Throughout his NBA career, Wade won hearts with his loyalty, his hard work, and his excellence. However, his journey to a three time NBA Champion wasn’t as easy as one would imagine. He had a pretty rough childhood and faced a lot of hardships in his life.

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Recently, in a podcast with Lewis Howes, Wade talked about the traumatic experiences of his childhood.

Dwyane Wade was scared of the police as a child

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Born in Chicago to Jolinda Wade and Dwyane Wade Sr., D-Wade had a difficult childhood. His parents divorced when Dwyane was very young and he had various different living arrangements with his family as a child.

In his childhood, Wade witnessed some terrible things. Jolinda got into trouble with the law when he was young and he had some unsettling encounters with the police. Having to see what went on around the house was a tough pill to swallow for a young child. So, Wade shared a part of his experience in his interview.

“I was that kid anytime I see the police, I would run and hide. Because I have watched them coming, handcuff, and take away… In the house,” he said. “That was a recurring thing in my life growing up. So I was afraid, always scared of the police.”

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Dwyane’s journey to the NBA

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 1: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat controls the ball against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on April 1, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) (Photo by Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Wade grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and focused on his future as an athlete when he was young. He went on to play college basketball for Marquette University in Milwaukee. He made his NBA debut in 2003 and spent most of his career in Miami, eventually becoming one of Miami Heat‘s legends.

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His life’s journey definitely makes for an amazing success story. And it is this story that holds an example for all youngsters out there who need to believe that hard work and dedication can get you anything in life.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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