Anyone who follows sports closely knows that athletes do some weird stuff. In a certain sense, they are their own breed of people. Professional athletes are superstitious and needy. Many of them do creepy things that they think will help with their game and don’t care what people think about it. Whether it means shaving all your body hair or wearing a thong to snap a stretch of poor play, we have seen it all. Dwyane Wade can now be added to the list of weirdness.
In fact, D-Wade’s little secret is patricularly strange because it seems like more of a hobby than a superstition. Check out this snippet from Wade’s recent interview with GQ Magazine that I Am a GM passed along.
“Three years ago I was like, ‘Man, I kind of want to paint my toenails black,’ ” Wade tells me. We’re on-set at a Manhattan photo studio right now his feet are covered by striped Paul Smith socks and size 14 Jordans. “At first I thought, ‘Nah, I can’t do that. They’re going to kill me.’ But eventually I decided to try it.” He went to Miami’s Mondrian hotel and asked a shocked pedicurist to give him the Marilyn Manson treatment. “Later I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron,” Wade says, laughing, “and when he saw my toes he was like, ‘Something is seriously wrong with you.’ But eventually Bron was like, ‘You know what? You’re crazy, but that’s just you.’ When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don’t care.”
So D-Wade just enjoys having his toenails painted. Whatever floats your boat I guess. On a side not, I wonder if it was just him and LeBron on that vacation to the Bahamas and no other family members or friends. If so, things just got even weirder.Google+
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