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Dwayne Wade Fires Back At Trolls Who Criticized A Photo Of His Son That Gabrielle Union Shared

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By Clark Sparky

Gabrielle Union shared a photo of her family to her Instagram feed on Thanksgiving day, and what seemed like a image of a loving family photo created some controversy online. In the picture, she is standing on a staircase with her husband, former NBA star Dwyane Wade, and their two children.

“Grateful,” she captioned the photo with three heart emojis. “Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I've never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking...All praise, gratitude and thankfulness.”

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Their son, Zion, appears to have long, painted fingernails in the photo and is wearing a shirt that some called a “crop top” in the comments. This, of course, sparked the trolls to come out and criticize his appearance.

But Wade wasn’t having it. He took to Twitter later that day and wrote, “I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so I get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”

Other social media users were quick to rally in support of the Wade family. “Shout out D. Wade for setting the example of a Black father loving and accepting their children as they are,” one person wrote. “There’d be a lot less trauma in our community if more Black dads were like this.”

“You don't know me from a can of paint but thank you for loving your child unconditionally, no matter what anyone else may say or think,” another said.

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“To give your kids such a loving and free environment says so much. Some people don't have that so it's easier for them to judge because they don't understand it. Keep doing what you doing,” a third person responded.

“Most of those folks can't even lead themselves out of dysfunctional relationships but got a whole lot to say about someone having a healthy love for and relationship with their child,” someone else commented.

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