Dwyane Wade Remains Loyal to Michael Jordan Despite Labor War

by November 18, 2011

“Money, it’s gotta be the shoes!” Or, more to the point, it’s gotta be the paycheck that comes as a result of wearing the shoes. DWade wouldn’t say anything negative about his boss at Jordan Brand, smartly keeping NBA and sneaker business separate. From the Sun-Sentinel: “[Dwyane Wade] said he would not allow the lockout get in the way of his marketing relationship with Michael Jordan, even with the Charlotte Bobcats owner taking a hard-line stance against the players during the stalled negotiations over a new collective-bargaining agreement … Amid the recent height of lockout rancor, Jordan was singled out by several of Wade’s union brethren for his uncompromising lockout stance against the players. Wade is among the leading endorsers of Jordan’s apparel. ‘I really didn’t need to get involved in all that,’ Wade said. ‘Obviously I wear a different hat than certain other guys that got involved in it. And I stay away from it. I have an obligation and I have a job to do and I’m going to do my job.’ Several players vowed to shun Jordan’s merchandise, including Paul George, Klay Thompson and, most notably, Washington Wizards guard Nick Young, who posted on his Twitter account, ‘I’m not wearing Jordans no more. Can’t believe what I just seen and heard from M.J. Elvis Done Left The Building.’ ‘That’s on Nick Young,’ Wade said. ‘That’s his moment. Obviously, that’s his own choice and decision and, you know, that’s something he’s going to have to deal with. I can’t let that affect me. I have my own things to run, my own stuff to think about what I’m doing with my own shoes. Obviously, I heard about it, because you can’t do nothing but hear about everything now, because there’s nothing else to do.'”