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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dwyane Wade apologized to Kobe for hard foul that caused broken nose, concussion

Many people felt Dwyane Wade was out of line for breaking Kobe’s nose with a hard foul during the All-Star Game Sunday. Wade told the media Tuesday he apologized to Bryant.

“I sent him a message, with my apologies. Unfortunate that happened to him, but that’s all I could do,” Wade said. “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.

“It’s unfortunate, obviously,” he said. “You don’t never want to hurt nobody, anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. So, you know it’s unfortunate.

“I sent my apologies. But, you know, not intentional. If it’s something I did intentionally, it’s a different story. So it’s unfortunate.”

Wade’s apology should be accepted because there’s no way to believe he wanted to break Kobe’s nose and give the man a concussion. But are there some underlying issues to the foul? You bet.

If Wade weren’t competitive with Kobe, he would have allowed him to get an easy dunk along the baseline. Wade has pride and didn’t want to allow Kobe that, even during the All-Star Game, so he came out with the foul. It’s unfortunate Kobe wound up with a broken nose and concussion from it.

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