Dwyane Wade on Florida School Shooting Victim Who Was Buried in His Jersey: ‘This Is Why We Will Not Just SHUT Up and Dribble!’

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The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade sees victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting as the reason why he and other athlete activists cannot just “shut up and dribble.”

On Monday night, Wade tweeted about one victim in particular who was buried wearing the NBA star’s jersey.

Wade wrote: “This is Joaquin Oliver. He was one of the 17 young lives that were lost tragically at Douglas HighSchool in Parkland. Joaquin was one of many that i heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey. This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble!”

Wade followed that up with another tweet, in which he dedicated the rest of the Heat’s season to Joaquin Oliver: “It’s way BIGGER than basketball. We are the voices for the people that don’t get to be heard. Joaquin Oliver may you Rest In Peace and i dedicate my return and the rest of this Miami Heat season to you.”

“Shut up and dribble” is a reference to the comments of Fox News host Laura Ingraham who, nearly two weeks ago, told LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” after James harshly excoriated President Trump.

Wade joined a chorus of athletes who attacked Ingraham for suggesting that LeBron should stop talking politics, and stick to basketball. In response, Ingraham invited James on her show to have a discussion. To date, James has not taken Ingraham up on the offer.

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