‘Bad taste’ in my mouth: Dwayne Wade on Republican candidate’s remarks after cousin’s death

Dwyane Wade has said he is ‘conflicted’ over a tweet Donald Trump sent out just 24 hours after his cousin was shot dead in Chicago.

The NBA star said the Republican candidate’s message after the slaying of Nykea Aldridge left a ‘bad taste’ in his mouth and he did not want his family being used for political gain.

But added he was grateful the billionaire businessman ‘started the conversation’ about the senseless violence in the city.

It is the first time the Chicago Bull has spoken out since his first cousin, mother-of-four Aldridge, was killed by a stray bullet in his hometown on August 26.

She was pushing her toddler son across the street in a pram when gang members started shooting, and inadvertently shot her in the head and arm.

‘I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain,’ he told Good Morning America on Thursday.

Dwyane Wade has said he is 'conflicted' over a tweet Donald Trump sent out just 24 hours after his cousin was shot dead in Chicago

The NBA star said the Republican candidate's message after the slaying of Nykea Aldridge left a 'bad taste'   Aldridge was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago on August 26

The 12-time All Star shooting guard also said: ‘We want eyes on this city (Chicago). I want us to be able to mourn together.’

On August 27, Trump tweeted: ‘Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!’

Three hours later, he put out a second tweet correcting the spelling of Wade’s name, but repeated the rest of the message verbatim.

Trump did eventually send his condolences, six hours after his original tweet, along with his ‘thoughts and prayers’.

The Chicago Bull (left) told Good Morning America he was 'grateful' the billionaire businessman started the conversation, but was wary of what his family was going through

Trump wrote this message on Twitter on August 27, a day after Aldridge was allegedly shot and killed in Chicago by gang members

Trump did eventually send his condolences, six hours after his original tweet, along with his 'thoughts and prayers' 

Aldridge’s death came just hours after Wade had tweeted his followers condemning the violence which has long plagued the city and spiked this year.

Within hours of Trump speaking out, his message had been retweeted thousands of times, eliciting a mixture of fury and disbelief from most respondents.

Colonel Morris Davis, an Air Force veteran and former chief interrogating officer at Guantanamo, wrote: ‘What sort of a scumbag would jump on a murder to exploit it for his own personal gain? … Meet Donald Trump’

Meanwhile actor Paulino Nunes added: ‘What a vile response to a personal tragedy. Not fit to run a frozen banana stand.’

Aldridge, 32, was walking from Dulles School when two men approached another man and opened fire.

Reports suggest she had just enrolled her child to start classes. The infant wasn’t hurt and was taken into custody by a family member at the scene.

Aldridge, 32, was walking from Dulles School when two men approached another man and opened fire

According to ABC 7 Chicago, she was struck in the head and arm by crossfire.

She was taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, have since been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with Aldridge’s death.

They were on parole at the time and have been described as ‘documented gang members’.

Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade said: ‘Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that’s going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it.’

Wade's (pictured) cousin was gunned down just 24 hours after he spoke out against gun violence in his hometown of Chicago

Source: The DailyMail

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