MIAMI – Heat guard Dwyane Wade says money is not his motivation for the London Games this summer. In a statement Thursday, Wade said, “I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics.” Wade was quoted Wednesday saying he thinks “guys should be compensated” for playing over the summer and noted the schedule demands of being an Olympian. “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it.” “The biggest thing is now you get no rest,” Wade said. “So you go to the end of the season, [Team USA] training camp is two weeks later. You’re giving up a lot to do it. It’s something you want to do. But it’s taxing on your body. You’re not playing for the dollar. But it would be nice if you would get compensated.”
Now in all fairness to Dwayne this whole players being compensated for the Olympics thing was started by Ray Allen. So if you’re going to call Wade a dickhead in this specific case you also have to call Ray a dick which I can’t and won’t do. Instead I will say they actually kind of have a point. Yeah on the outside it seems unreal that gadzillioniares would complain about getting paid to play in the Olympics. And yes I think it’s gross they’d whine about how much rest they get blah, blah, blah. Hey newflash fellas. The rest of the world gets 2 weeks of vacation a year and they make no money and hate their lives.
But here is where I agree with them. The Olympics is not a non profit organization right? Like somebody is making serious money here. So in that regard it is exactly like the NCAA. Therefore if I was a player and I know that some cracker somewhere is making millions off me and I’m getting squat that would piss me off. I don’t care how rich I am. Give me the money and I’ll donate it to some charity or something. But the facts are the Olympics make millions on the pro players jerseys and shit. Money that wouldn’t exist if the pros weren’t playing. That money has to go somewhere and I’m guessing it goes right into the pockets of the US Olympic committee people. That’s where I think NBA and NHL guys have a grudge. Not that they need the extra cash. It’s just the fact that you know you are getting used. That would bother the shit out of me. Typical Dwayne Wade though. Even when he kind of has a point he flip flops because Bron Bron has stolen his spine.