José Fernández's tragic passing has affected so many people.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
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The report (and the quotes that came with it) made it seem like Shane, a self-professed MJ fanatic, believed that Michael molested Wade when he was a young child because of Shane's trust in Wade. But Shane wants to set the record straight.
"Wow! TMZ can't wait to destroy a person's reputation.They call me for a statement about Wade and Micheal and I told them this is hard because I respect both of them. I know Wade personally and Michael through his music. I have so much respect for Michael that's why I wanted to make a statement. I told them I'm on the fence on this because I wasn't there, so I don't know what's true. I did tell them I saw gifts from Michael which is normal for Michael to do (nothing weird about that) and that Wade took us to the NeverLand but that's it. I never took a side on who I believed."
So essentially, Shane is saying he felt his quote was misused in the initial story, where they reported him as saying:
"Because of the man he is, I do believe him (Wade). I don't think he would lie about this because this could hurt him."
And Shane reveals the reason he even talked in the first place, admitting:
"They told me if I gave a statement they would give me an exclusive and let me tell my story on what happened to me (he was convicted of having unlawful sex with a minor back in 2011). I'd never disrespect Michael for anyone. I do know that Wade is a good man and didn't want people to hate on him. It meant a lot to me when my real friends stood by my side when I was going through my situation. I just wanted him to know that I have his back no matter what happens. I have yet to hear back from them about the exclusive and they probably won't do it. I want to apologize to anyone I offended with what they wrote. I'm not the type of person to talk down on anybody I just want to get a chance to tell my side of my story and they used me in the process. For the record, I am not a registered sex offender. That should tell you something. Soon you'll hear my side. Respect to Michael and his family."
Wow. So many thoughts and feelings here!
Pandora's box has really opened with these new claims, and we're just hoping peace is found through justice here. We're still not sure what to believe, but we just hope it's over sooner than later.
We won't hold our breath, though.
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