Dwyane Wade says Donald Trump's tweet left a "bad taste in my mouth"

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Dwyane Wade has spoken out for the first time since he suffered the tragic loss of his cousin Nykea Aldridge who was shot and killed in his hometown of Chicago.

The Chicago Bulls guard - who returned home after 13 years in Miami - has been among the most vocal players in the league in speaking out about gun violence in America and the need for it to be stopped, and this personal tragedy has made Wade come out and speak on the topic some more.

The 34-year-old conducted his first public interview since the loss of his cousin with Good Morning America and had a number of things he wanted to address, most notably Donald Trump's controversial tweet following the shooting. 

The outspoken U.S. presidential candidate used the incident to reaffirm his belief that African-American citizens will vote for him.

Spike Lee condemned Trump for the post and accused him of trying to 'capitalise' on the situation.

In his exclusive interview with "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, Wade said the tweet left him "conflicted". 

"I was kind of conflicted," he said. "You know, it's like, on one hand, your cousin's death is used as a ploy for political gain. On the other hand, it's a national story. It goes back to that for me. I want eyes on this city. I want us to be able to do more together. And the only way we can do more together is if more people know what's going on."

"On the one hand I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with," Wade said. "And it looks like it's being used as a political gain."

The incident comes over a month after Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 ESPY Awards calling for athletes to do more and use their influence to help stop gun crimes in the country and create change. 

This personal loss will intensify Wade's desire to prevent these tragedies and he can certainly count on the support of many of his peers in doing so. 

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