Saturday, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was in the middle of his pre-game ritual for game three against the Toronto Raptors.
Wade got an assist from his teammate, and tried to make his customary 15-foot bank shot. It took him a few tries but he finally sunk the shot and was ready to play.
Only one problem: ‘O Canada,’ the Canadian national anthem, was being sung as he was prepping, as is customary when a sporting event features teams from different countries.
This drew the ire of many Canadian basketball viewers, including Toronto mayor John Tory. On Twitter, Tory reminded Wade that the game of basketball was invented by a Canadian and asked asked him to, "Respect the anthem."
Was Wade out of line with his actions? Does this sort of thing further drive the idea that public U.S. figures aren't taking into account how their behavior could be perceived by others outside the country?
A Martinez, host of KPCC's Take Two and an avid follower of all things sports