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A Naked Dwyane Wade Reveals His Biggest Insecurity

The three-time NBA champ is finally baring it all in ‘ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue.”

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A Naked Dwyane Wade Reveals His Biggest Insecurity

The three-time NBA champ is finally baring it all in ‘ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue.”

Sure, there’s a lot to be desired when it comes to our ability to shoot a three-pointer like Dwyane Wade, but we have more in common with the Miami Heat player than you’d think — professional athletes, they’re (kind of) just like us. He wouldn’t be a three-time NBA champion if he didn’t leave it all on the court, but when it comes to literally baring it all, his insecurities are what kept him from doing so for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” — until now.

When it comes to athletes, we often find ourselves conversing about their immortal-like abilities more so than what makes them human, like struggles with self-confidence. Wade himself opens up about his decision to finally go nude for the annual feature after turning down the opportunity for seven years, revealing that it’s taken him nearly 30 years to get comfortable with his outie belly button.

“To me, doing the ‘Body Issue’ is bigger than looking at an athlete’s body. It’s more about the story we are telling of overcoming my fear of doing this. I had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged. So to me, overcoming that is the biggest thing. Someone may look at me and think, ‘Why would you have insecurity? Well, this is real life and I’m human, and these are the things that I deal with that many others might deal with.”

Watch the video above as the shooting guard shares how he’s learned to accept himself before reading his account in his own words here. And to see the result of the shoot, visit ESPN.

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