Dwyane Wade Deletes Tweet Supporting Nick Cannon Amidst Racial and Religious Controversy

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Nick Cannon, the longtime host for MTV and VH1, was fired by ViacomCBS over racial and anti-semitic comments that he made on a recent podcast with former Public Enemy rapper Professor Griff. Today, Dwyane Wade tweeted support for Cannon that does not have a lot of context and does not look good at the moment:

Wade has since deleted the tweet amidst a flurry of backlash.

If this is the first you’re hearing about this story, it is pretty convoluted. In this segment, for example, he invoked Louis Farrakhan (who as the Anti Defamation League has chronicled is a long-time anti-semite), brought up the Rothschilds (a banking family frequently brought up in Jewish conspiracies), and said that because he is semitic he can’t be anti-semitic:

CBS News also covered some of the other things that Cannon said on the podcast:

In Cannon’s hour-plus podcast, he and Griffith contend that Black people are the true Hebrews and that Jews have usurped their identity. Cannon then segues into a discussion of skin color — “And I’m going to say this carefully,” he begins — to allege that people who lack sufficient melanin are “a little less.” Those without dark skin have a “deficiency” that historically forced them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence to survive, he said. “They had to be savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” among others.

In a lengthy Facebook post after he was fired by ViacomCBS, Cannon apologized to Jewish people for the pain this caused them. Later, he demanded that ViacomCBS give him the intellectual property for the Wild N Out franchise:

Truth and Reconciliation.I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused…

Posted by Nick Cannon on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In the part where he was apologizing to Jewish people, Cannon did not specify whether or not he believes that anything he said was wrong. He says he has accepted an invitation to Israel, so my optimistic hope is he will be on a path towards listening that DeSean Jackson has embarked on since sharing posts about Hitler and Farrakhan.

While it’s unclear exactly which element of this saga that Wade was supporting Cannon in and telling him to keep leading on, the appearance is that he is at best indifferent to Jewish sensitivities about stereotypes. Stephen Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, and Malcolm Jenkins, in their reactions to the DeSean Jackson story last week, did similarly. We’ll see if Wade clarifies his support of Cannon later.

UPDATE: Here is Wade’s clarification:

UPDATE II: Wade followed up with this tweet:


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Dwayne Wade is pathetic in its initial tweet and his follow-up tweet is even more pathetic (as he back-pedaled into a corner by claiming that he is now an intellectual property warrior defending the proprietary nature of the Nick Cannon brand?).

    It is sad to see Nick Cannon essentially blew up his career when he seemed to have such a promising start in hosting many highly rated shows (Although he absolutely deserves his firing).

  2. Just wild that if it was a white person who said any one of the dozen hateful sentences he spewed this wouldn’t even be an argument. That person would be fired, they wouldn’t get hired at any other network or radio show and everyone would move. The fact that we have people defending blatant racist and anti-Semitic language is terrifying. I guess that’s just the world we live in today.

  3. Nick Cannon you just removed all doubt that you are an idiot. First, you tried to take on Eminem in a rap battle, then this. Dude just please be quiet. In a few months everyone will have forgotten and you can go back to earning money.

  4. “Viacom’s goal to keep me from providing for my family and lineage will be foiled. They can try to kick me while I’m down or force me to kiss the master’s feet in public for shame and ridicule, but instead I stand firm on my square with my fist in the air repeating my mantra, “You can’t fire a Boss!””

    Because Viacom was totally plotting this out. How will he now be able to provide for his family? He’s gonna have to sell one of his vacation homes now lol…

  5. Unfortunately, Wade and many other young black people will blame whitey, or Jews, or both for their perceived oppression. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Wade, Cannon, and countless black people in this country are multi-millionaires.

  6. Hey Ryan,
    So the first photo/tweet that you share from somebody called “ollie ACAB”, he says “I get that white people are sensitive”…
    Are you fukkin kidding me????? And I’m not even Jewish!!!

  7. Translation: “I am a stupid jock that blindly defends black leftists no matter what as a knee-jerk reaciton, but now that I actually know what he said and why it was bad, I deleted my tweet so it’s k now *29 black fists*” – DWade

  8. Hey Ryan,
    I used to like Nick Cannon…thought he was cool, a little goofy in a good way…thought he was genuinely a nice guy…like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chapelle…so he says this:
    “Our melanin is so power[ful] and it connects us in a way that the reason why [White people] fear us is because of the lack that they have of it,” he explains. “When you have a person that has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin, they know that they will be annihilated. So, therefore, however they got the power, they have the lack of compassion. Melanin comes with compassion, melanin comes with soul.”
    WOW…the truth comes out I guess.

  9. Out: waterboarding.
    In: force terrorists at Gitmo to listen to Nick Cannon’s Manifesto of Incoherent Self-Pitying Woke GibberIsh read by Fran Drescher over blaring loudspeakers on a repeating loop.

    No, that would cause mass suicide of guards and prisoners alike and surely violate the Geneva conventions.

  10. Everybody has to know that D Wade never read Nick’s tweet. He did the knee jerk thing and said he supported him, not even knowing what he said. If he READ the content, D Wade never would have said “We are with you. Keep leading!” Leading??? Would civil society ever want to have a relationship with D Wade if he believes Nick is actually LEADING???

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