Dwyane Wade Olympics
April 13, 2012 by staff
Dwyane Wade Olympics, Dwyane Wade, member of the 2012 USA Olympic basketball team, believes that NBA stars deserve to receive payment when playing in the Olympics. This has stirred up controversy due to the fact that people feel as if representing your country in the Olympics is a patriotic act that is a reward in itself. To clarify his comments, he stated on his Twitter account:
“I’m reading a lot of reports coming out about my comments re: the Olympics and compensation. And I want to clear this up personally [...] I responded 2 a specific question asked by a reporter on my thoughts of Olympians being paid. I never asked to be paid to PLAY [...] BUT my love 4 the game & pride 4 USA motivates me more than any $$$ amount. I repped my country in 2004 when we won the bronze medal and [...] stood proudly to receive our gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. It’s always been an honor for me to be a part of the USA Olympic family [...] and I’m looking forward to doing it again in London this summer.”
Dwyane told reporters “I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics,” but according to Twitter posts he feels that he’s good enough to be paid for it. While receiving negative feedback for his comments regarding his lack of content with pride as a primary motivation to play, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo depicted various reasons for not monetarily compensating players.
“All of the money that is generated from our participation and the competitions the senior teams participate in in effect subsidizes and pays for the entire U.S. Olympic (basketball) programs and that includes all of the junior programs where most of these players came from,” Colangelo said. “Most of them all started there, men and women.”
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