Dwyane Wade Comments on Decision to Play for Chicago Bulls, Cousin’s Death

September 2nd, 2016 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »
Dwyane Wade returned to his hometown of Chicago this offseason when he signed with the Bulls, and he revealed Friday his motivation for doing so stretched far beyond basketball. 

In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America (h/t ESPN.com), D-Wade discussed his decision to join the Bulls after 13 Hall of Fame-caliber years with the Miami Heat: "My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball. Basketball is a big part of it, of course; it's what I do for a living. But I think my purpose at the end of the day hopefully is to come to Chicago and be a part, be a voice that can help bring people together."

Gun violence has plagued the Windy City in recent years, and Wade was recently impacted by it, as his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago on Aug. 26. According to CNN.com's Ralph Ellis and Vivian Kuo, police said Aldridge was not the intended target of the shooting.

As pointed out by Wade, the shooting occurred just one day after he took part in a town hall meeting on the subject of gun violence:

We're coming off doing the town hall meeting, literally the night before ...

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