June 2014This may be our favorite Wade memory of all.
When the entire city was on edge wondering whether Heat star and Wade BFF Le Bron James was going to stay or go, Wade, James and Bosh spent a lovely Wednesday afternoon together in the second-floor member’s lounge at Soho Beach House, where they asked for high security, salad, and no visitors. They also had watermelon salad and chips with guacamole. August 2014At last, Wade and Union made their, uh, union legal marrying at the moat-protected Chateau Artisan, 25791 SW 167 Ave. Rehearsal dinner was at Prime 112 the night before. They all ended up at LIV, one of the few times besides when the Heat celebrated their championship wins, that Wade was ever seen in the proverbial club.
You’ve spent 13 years on and off the court, frequenting many restaurants, not too many clubs, and giving us a little gossip along the way (and that memorable photo spread in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue this summer – see above). Here are some of your off-court highlights: April 2008There was once that time when a spy informed us that a still married Wade was seen leaving a hotel room at the Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne with actress Gabrielle Union. Union was then spotted courtside at the Heat’s game against, ironically, Cleveland.Chicago restaurants are about to experience a real boon. When confronted about this, uh, situation, Wade’s publicist blew a gasket and denied, denied, denied. As happy as the duo was on NYE, they refused photos, something very uncharacteristic of the couple once they were officially out, about and married, but it all made sense if you fast forward to May 2010, when Wade’s then ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade, filed a lawsuit against Union for “emotional distress.” May 2010A Chicago Sun Times report said the ex Mrs.We had no idea that Wade was in a miserable marriage, but alas, he was. Wade “claims Gabrielle Union engaged in sexual foreplay with Dwyane Wade in front of Wade’s 8-year-old and 2-year-old sons while on an unsupervised visitation to the basketball star’s Miami home.” In 2013, Wade reached a settlement with his ex, agreeing to pay her million, their Chicago mansion, four cars and a “non-disparage” agreement where each party was prohibited from “publicly degrading each other.” January 2012Marital strife aside, Wade’s Miami memories were really all good. Especially in January 2012, when he turned 30 and received a brand new, 2012 Mc Laren MP4-12C from Ken Gorin, president and CEO of Coral Gables luxe car dealership The Collection, who was also a sponsor at Wade’s multi-sponsored birthday bash at The Setai (see: Hennessy, Belvedere, Dom Perignon –who gifted Wade with a 1982 vintage, Hublot Watches — who gave him a King Power Unico Gold Pave watch worth some peoples’ annual salaries, and many more), attended by his Heat pals, Usher, Flo Rida, Rick Ross, Common, Kelly Rowland, and T. The custom ordered car was actually designed by Wade in “Fire Black” with two tone “Saddle Tan/Carbon Black” leather interior.In April, 2008 Wade and Union emerged, albeit at Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale where they were seen dancing to disco before sneaking out the back door — with bodyguard in tow. The one-of-a-kind 12C boasts custom alloy wheel center caps with Wade’s signature logo as well as a specialty “WADE” emblem for the rear, WADE Limited Edition side badges and dedication plates on the inside door panels that read “Hand assembled in the United Kingdom in recognition of Dwyane Wade’s 30th Birthday.” We asked Christy Cartaya, The Collection’s director of PR, whether the car was actually a gift or a purchase, to which she replied, “It was a gift – Dwyane is our brand ambassador and spokesperson.We consider him part of our ‘family’.” Apparently so do many other companies as well.Mischievous bunny Peter (Corden) and his sisters Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Ridley) contend with Thomas (Gleeson), an uptight cottage garden owner.The interweaving of CGI animals with live action is flawless, Gleeson proves to have fine comedy chops and there’s a lot of slapstick, but anyone looking for Beatrix Potter will be sorely disappointed.Pike as a German revolutionary is intriguing and although there are some missteps, it’s an urgent and vibrant take on the incident.Rhiannon (Rice) is a wholesome high-schooler dating feckless cool kid Justin (Smith).Juliet (James) is a successful writer in post-WWII London who discovers the eponymous book club, and learns about their lives under the German occupation of the island.Don’t let the twee title put you off, as it’s a beguiling and affecting celebration of friendship, courage and the joys of reading, full of warmth and good humour.