Dwyane Wade Says His ‘Family Was Followed’ And Harassed During Gabrielle Union’s NBC Negotiations

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Former basketball star Dwyane Wade is speaking out about his wife Gabrielle Union’s negotiations with NBC, and how his family was treated over it. Dwyane posted several tweets about the situation on Thursday.

Gabrielle was let go as a judge on AGT last year after complaining about racist behavior and a toxic environment on set. It was just reported that she has filed a complaint against Universal, Fremantle, Syco, and Simon Cowell.

Dwyane Wade Speaks Out About Gabrielle Union’s NBC Negotiations

Last month, NBC and AGT producers released a statement about the six-month investigation into Gabrielle’s claims, contradicting some of her complaints and saying the concerns she raised did not influence the decision to fire her.

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On Thursday, Gabrielle’s husband Dwyane Wade retweeted a report about Gabrielle filing a complaint. “Y’all have deemed her a liar after months of trying to inform y’all of the issues in the work place and also make sure other employees of color that comes after her won’t have the same experiences,” Dwyane wrote.

Dwyane called Gabrielle “an advocate for the black and brown community, for women and for rape victims,” and dismissed the idea that she “made it all up because she lost a job.”

He also said that during Gabrielle’s negotiations with NBC, “my house started being watched and my family started being followed.” He claims they were bothered by “people looking for answers” at his daughter’s swim class. “Well y’all have the answers and y’all still don’t wanna listen to them,” he wrote.

Gabrielle Union Files Complaint Against NBC

Gabrielle has reportedly filed a harassment, discrimination and retaliation complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The complaint mentions “racist jokes, racist performances, sexual orientation discrimination, and excessive focus on female judges’ appearances including race-related comments.”

According to Deadline, the complaint also claims that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy attempted to “silence and intimidate” Gabrielle into withholding information about her experiences from the investigator.

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The complaint also claims that the investigator on the case spent time on vacation in Portugal shortly after it started, and conducted most of the interviews over the telephone instead of in-person.

The filing includes the following statement: “The steps that Telegdy, NBC, Fremantle and Syco have employed to silence Union and to cover up racial discrimination on the set of AGT stands in stark contrast to the current worldwide efforts to eradicate racism through the Black Lives Matter protests and movement.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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