Doug Gottlieb: “Man, there are trap doors everywhere, and guys step on landmines and hit that self-destruct button. I don’t know what happens with Dwyane Wade, he’s now taking down the tweet. I’m not one of these guys who is going to screenshot the tweet and go ‘SEE! Gotcha!’ But I don’t understand why he would tweet what he just tweeted, which was supporting Nick Cannon for ‘speaking the truth’ and ‘leading.’ No, that’s not leadership. Spreading not only anti-Semitic rhetoric, but conspiracy theories is NOT actually leadership; it’s the opposite of it. It’s really divisive and it’s a bad look… The comments that Cannon made were anti-Semitic and there’s just no reason for it unless that’s what you actually believe… Dwyane Wade has no wherewithal. In addition to now echoing anti-Semitic, and pro-Farrakhan rhetoric, he works for Turner, and Turner’s partner with the NCAA Tournament is Viacom, who owns CBS… You know who WON'T be on the NCAA Tournament any time soon, nor should he be? Dwyane Wade… What are you doing? Even if Dwyane Wade felt it, you shouldn’t have hit the button, and I don’t know what he feels, but he just pressed the button that self-destructed all with one tweet.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Doug Gottlieb discuss Dwyane Wade’s now-deleted viral tweet that showed support for Nick Cannon on the same day the MTV entertainer made headlines for anti-Semitic and racist comments he said during a podcast.
Cannon would eventually be outright fired by Viacom as the controversy picked up steam on social media. Viacom, who owns MTV and Nickelodeon, had made Cannon a star from Nickelodeon’s ‘All That’ and MTV’s ‘Wild N’ Out’ sketch comedy shows.
Viacom said of their decision: “Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him."
When Wade randomly interjected himself into the story by tweeting at Cannon during the firestorm saying ‘We are with you, keep leading!' with a black fist emoji, people wondered why the former NBA star and now-TNT commentator would seemingly endorse and defend a heavily denounced Cannon.
Wade would quickly delete the tweet and back away from his previous support for Cannon, tweeting “I was too quick to respond without being fully informed about his hurtful anti-Semitic remarks. As you know I have ZERO tolerance for any hate speech!”
Check out the audio above as Gottlieb details how costly the tweet could be for Wade's career, as Wade's employer Turner, and Cannon's former employer Viacom CBS, are both partners during the NCAA Tournament.