Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is feeling the heat after being seen shooting pregame baskets Saturday night as Canada's national anthem was being sung.
The Toronto Raptors went on to beat Miami 95-91 to take a 2-1 series lead, but after the game, Wade, who scored 38, was forced to play more defense.
"I understand whatever's said about it, but I'm not a disrespectful person," Wade told the Palm Beach Post.
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But the criticism continued on social media Sunday, with a storm of tweets and replaying of video showing the three-time champion taking a few extra shots duiring "Oh, Canada."
Not a fan of anthems before games but will say if a Canadian did what Wade did yesterday for the other anthem, there'd be huge outrage.— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) May 8, 2016
That was pretty disrespectful stuff from Dwayne Wade. Taking warm up shots during the Canadian Anthem? pic.twitter.com/EittokQ6F9— Peter Roumeliotis (@PeteyBeats) May 8, 2016
Dwayne Wade, a revered elder statesman in the NBA, can't cool off for a minute and stand for the Canadian anthem? Bush league.— NormanJamesCTV (@NormanJamesCTV) May 8, 2016
I have NO respect for anyone disrespecting the national anthem. I lost respect for Wade. Then again never had any for him.— Gareth Campbell (@gareth1campbell) May 8, 2016
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was famously suspended one game in 1996 for failing to "stand and line up in a dignified posture" during the national anthem