In a story posted to ESPN.com, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Wade gave candid answers regarding his body. “When I was young, my belly button was an outie, and I never even wanted to take my shirt off when we were at the swimming pool or outside during water fights,” Wade told the magazine. “The only people who went into the pool with their shirts on were the kids who were overweight — and me. I knew that I was different. I knew from all the kids I had seen that nobody else had what I had. No one else had an outie. Even when I got to high school, I didn’t want to do swimming class because I didn’t want people to see my feet — as an athlete, my feet were a little rougher — and my belly button. I had my doctor write me a note to say that I couldn’t do swimming, and the first day I sat down and watched everybody else and it just looked so fun. I eventually was like, ‘I’ve got to do it, I got to do it.’”
Dwyane Wade will grace the cover of the 2016 #BodyIssue.
The issue drops July 6. pic.twitter.com/BhDOqOAx7W
— ESPN (@espn) June 21, 2016