"The game of basketball is a physical game. I'm not not a dirty player. It's physical. Everyone falls down, and everyone gets up." That's what Miami's Dwyane Wade had to say back in May of 2011 after this happened:

Note how, after Wade and Rajon Rondo got tangled up, Wade swept Rondo's leg and pulled him down, resulting in a pretty serious dislocation of Rondo's elbow. You can argue about whether Wade is a dirty player -- and I will below -- but you can't say that wasn't a dirty play. Flash forward to last night when this happened:

According to today's rules, that was indeed a flagrant foul, even if the call made Bill Laimbeer throw up in his own mouth. Dirty? Eh...not really. Unless you're Dwyane Wade.

Said Wade: "I got my kids watching so I stopped myself, but it was a punk play by him. He clotheslined me. ... I'm here to play basketball, man. If you want to do something else, then go do something else. Boxing, this is not it. I was glad I was able to stop myself in that very moment and move on from it. We'll see next time we play."

Ah, a heathy dose of righteous indignation and a subtle threat about possible revenge in the next Celtics-Heat game. Way to take the high road, Mr. Wade.

This is the height of hypocrisy. After all, Wade is the same man who mangled Rondo's elbow, as shown above. He's also the same guy who broke Kobe Bryant's nose and gave him a concussion during last season's All-Star Game:

Was that a "punk play"? Busting somebody's face during an exhibition game? The best part was Wade's response afterward.

Said Wade: "Obviously I didn't try to draw no blood...but I took a foul. Kobe had fouled me twice in a row right before that."

Ah. So Kobe deserved what he got. Cause, you know, he fouled Wade twice in a row before that. Later,

Wade expanded on his explanation: "Unfortunate that happened to him, but that's all I could do. He knows it's no ill intent on me to do that. Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome."

You could probably say the same about Rondo's foul last night.

Going on, let's not forget how Wade threw Chicago's Rip Hamilton out of bounds last season:

And do you remember the reckless flagrant he committed against Darren Collison during last year's playoff series against the Pacers?

Even TNT's Steve Kerr was disturbed by this one: "I think Joey Crawford is going to call a flagrant foul on Dwyane Wade and I think it's deserved. He just looked like a free safety lining up a receiver here... Look at this. Wade just tees off on Collison."

I should also point out, earlier in the playoffs, New York's Mike Bibby lost his shoe during play...and Wade picked it up and tossed it off the court:

All of these incidents let Grantland's Bill Simmons to give Wade The John Stockton Award for "Dirtiest Star Who for Whatever Reason Isn't Actually Considered Dirty."

Here are the two things that bug me the most:

First, the sheer lack of guilt or remorse after Wade's various thuggings. I play plenty of pickup basketball and I've delivered my share of hard fouls. But when I bowl somebody over, I apologize and pick them up. It's a little thing called human decency. Wade doesn't seem to have that gene.

Second, how can Wade commit these fouls, insist he isn't a dirty player, and then call Rondo out for what was a pretty mild (but correctly called) flagrant? And then he congratulated himself for not reacting? Should Rondo have given himself a pat on the back for not attacking Wade for mangling his elbow?

Now Dime Magazine and ESPN are running pieces asking if Rondo is a dirty player. Shouldn't we be asking this about Wade?
Blogger Glenn said...
I love a nice scenic trip through a history of Dwyane Wade's violence and hypocrisy. Driver, once more around the park, and slowly please.

Blogger Solieyu said...
Nice to see you again, Bawful. Wade does lose his temper a lot but no one seems to call him for it. He gets wailed on a lot during drives, but that's no excuse and he's always been more than happy to play up the contact.

Rondo loses his temper at times too and EVERYONE calls him for it. That said, I still don't like Rondo (Or Pierce, or KG, or Allen for that matter). I think the stars who conduct themselves like adults on the court really deserve more credit: LeBron, Bosh, Gasol, Durant, Nash, Aldridge, Rose, etc.

I hope that now that flopping is being penalized and the players seem to be deliberately moving away from it we'll see the same thing with whining to the officials.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
HE's BAAACCCKKK. Good to see you back Mr bawful. I hope we'll see more of you this season.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
THANK YOU. I've always thought that Wade was a dirty player. The other part that bugs me is that he delivers these blatantly hard (and intentional) fouls and never gets punished afterwards. If it had been anybody else delivering these fouls they would be suspended. The league protects Wade so hard it's not even funny.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wade isn't nearly as dirty as you're making him out to be.

-Foul on Rondo: Bad outcome, being too physical. We wouldn't be talking about it if Rondo didn't dislocate his elbow.
-Rondo's foul on wade: Not a bad outcome because no one got hurt, but clearly INTENTIONALLY dirty.
-Wade foul on Rip: Look at the whole play. Rip got the ball, elbowed Wade in the chest clearing him out. Just a bit of payback.
-Wade foul on Collison: Pretty dirty, looks worse because Collison is so small. Still fairly dirty.

You're sure making a big issue out of nothing. Find me a play where Wade pulls someone by the neck after they've run past him. Find one where he punched a guy straight in the face on a drive (Rondo on Brad Miller). I get it, you're a Celtics fan, but at least try to bring some objectivity into this. Wade isn't the cleanest player around, but he's nowhere near the dirtiest (KG and Rondo).

Blogger Wormboy said...

Yeah man. I do dig people showing what a whiny bitch Wade is. Look, Wade has gone through most of his career throwing himself into a crowd or on the ground and drawing fouls. Then he beats on people whenever they have the nerve to bump or push him. What a dick.

Oh, and that foul: chest, not neck. Rondo's just keeping Wade from a free dunk. Not even a flagrant. Wade is such a whining bitch (though he did blow by Rondo there.)

Anonymous Chris S said...
A-freaking-men!!! Thanks for putting this so much more eloquently than I've been able to for the past 4 years. I think, and I'm not speaking in hyperbole, that Dwayne Wade is the dirtiest player I've seen in many, many years. I think almost every foul on your reel, if not all of them, were completely thought-out and intentional. Regardless, well done.