On Wednesday, rapper Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch Jr., hit former NBA star Dwyane Wade over the parenting choices he’s made with his 12-year-old son Zion Malachi Airamis, whom Wade believes is actually a transgender girl.
“I gotta say something about this s***, bro. Dwyane Wade, you gone too f***ing far, dawg,” Hatch said in an Instagram video posted Wednesday, according to Complex.
“That is a male. A 12-year-old,” he continued. “At 12, they don’t even know what they next meal gon’ be. They don’t have s*** figured out yet. He might meet a woman, anything, at 16 and fall in love with her. But his d*** be gone—how he gon’—like, bruh, you going too far, dawg.”
“Don’t cut his d*** off, bruh,” Hatch said. “Like, bruh, for real, if he gon’ be gay, let him be gay.”
It’s unclear what steps the Wade family has taken or are planning to take in the young boy’s “transition.” For example, Wade has not indicated if his son will be put on hormone blockers, which can sterilize the boy, or if gender reassignment surgery is in the future. For now, however, the famed athlete refers to his son with “she” and “her” pronouns and has allowed the child to change his name from Zion to Zaya.
“But don’t cut his d*** off, bruh,” the rapper continued. “Don’t—and dress him as a woman, dawg. He’s 12 years old. He’s not up there year. He hasn’t made his final decisions yet.”
“Don’t cut his f***ing d*** off, Dwyane Wade, bruh. You f***ing trippin’, dawg,” Hatch concluded.
The rapper captioned his video post: “IM GO SAY IT SINCE THIS P**** A** WORLD AIN[‘]T GO SAY S*** ‼️U TRIPPIN N****.”
Earlier this month, during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Wade called his son a “leader” in the LGBTQ+ community, and noted that he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, are “proud” allies of the community.
“We are proud, when I say proud, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies, as well,” boasted Wade.
“When Zaya, 12 years old, came home,” the former Miami Heat guard said, noting that Zion “was born as a boy,” the child told him and his wife that he wanted to “live his truth.”
“I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth,” Wade recalled his son telling him at age 12. “I wanna be referenced as ‘she’ and ‘her’ and I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.”
“We wanted to give our child the best opportunity to be her best self,” the athlete added.
In December, Wade made similar comments about his child. “I watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually come into,” he told the “All the Smoke” podcast.
“And for me … nothing changes in my love. Nothing changes in my responsibilities. So, all I had to do now is get smarter educate myself more. And that’s my job,” he continued, noting, “You want to talk about strength and courage, my 12-year-old has way more than I have. You can learn something from your kids.”
“Me and my wife are having conversations about, you know, us noticing that, you know, [Zion] wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire was on,” Wade said. “And I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act?’ It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?”
“This is the new normal,” the former NBA star insisted. “So, if anybody different, we’re looked at as different. The ones that don’t understand it. The ones that don’t get it. The ones that get stuck in the box, you know, they’re different. Not the people out here living their lives.”