Dwyane Wade gave his first sit-down interview since the death of his cousin, and reacted to a tweet that Donald Trump posted immediately following news of the tragedy.
"On one hand, your cousin's death is used as a ploy for political gain," the 34-year-old NBA pro told Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos. "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."
Nykea Aldridge, 32, was pushing a baby stroller last Friday when she was shot dead. Police say the mother of four was not the intended target of the shooting, and the baby in the stroller was not struck by the gunfire. According to law enforcement, the suspects were targeting a for-hire driver.
Just hours after news of her death, Trump tweeted: "Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"
The presidential hopeful was slammed on social media for his comment, and thus ignited a media firestorm.
"A lot of the things I've seen wasn't even her name," Wade continued. "And that hurt me to be the name that they talked about instead of talking about a mother of four."
Two men, Darwin Sorells, 26, and Derren Sorells, 22, have been charged with the killing of Aldridge, according to police.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence," Wade tweeted last Friday. "Four kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough."