MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade says he apologized to Kobe Bryant during Sunday’s All-Star Game after seeing he had drawn blood with a hard foul against the Los Angeles Lakers’ star.
Wade says he also sent Bryant a message, saying he did not intend to cause injury. The Lakers say Bryant broke his nose on the play when he tried to drive around Wade near the basket and was fouled by the Heat guard.
Wade spoke about the issue for several minutes after Miami practiced on Tuesday, saying it was not intentional and “unfortunate.” He also says he never tries to intentionally injure another player.
The Heat will close a looming three-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Sunday.
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