According to screenshots of Zaire's message published by People, the athlete wrote, "All the hate and backlash that @dwyanewade receives for bein a good father is crazy 2 me."
The teen continued: "A lot of you alls emotions comes out of your own insecurities from your fatherhood… don't forecast that on us."
"What more do you want out of your dad than to love and support whatever you do in life," Zaire asked critics. "Despite all the hate and negativity that comes his way he still continues to be true to his family."
Zaire concluded, "Now that's a father."
Zaire followed in his father's footsteps following the news of Zaya's gender identity becoming public.
He wrote on Instagram at the time, "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years."
"We did everything together...we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried," Zaire wrote. "But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind... I've told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth. I don't care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there's no love lost on this side."