Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, the ex-wife of Dwyane Wade, yesterday took her fight against the NBA star to the Chicago pavement. She sat outside the city’s main civic center with an enormous sign reading, “NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets” after a terrible week in court. People noticed.
Now on her 12th lawyer, Funches-Wade was arrested this week by a judge for not appearing in court on time.
[UPDATE: Wade’s PR team just released this statement on the 22nd at 4:30 pm].
“Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have reached a financial settlement. The agreement was submitted in court last Tuesday, July 16 prior to Ms. Funches’ recent unfounded and erratic public display outside the courthouse this past Friday. Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process. Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life. Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be “homeless” and “destitute,” Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, 4 cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees throughout this process. Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child. Dwyane Wade was awarded sole custody of their sons by the court in 2011. The safety and wellbeing of his children are his main priority. Due to Ms. Funches’ current unstable mental state, her visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the sake of their sons.“]
The protest was an attempt to share her side of the story, which she gladly gave to assembled reporters.
“Dwyane Wade is offering to pay only some of what he owes me if I sign an agreement never again to discuss what happened in our marriage or with our children. I refuse,” the ex-wife said. “I finally told [the judge] I just wanted to end the case and keep my freedom and my voice. I told him I didn’t want anything from Dwyane. The judge demanded the trial continue. I couldn’t believe it.” Wade’s attorney James B. Pritikin, could not be reached for comment. In court Monday, however, Pritikin had refuted Funches-Wade’s charges against Wade, saying of her ex-husband, “His position is that she has issues, and she needs to deal with those issues.”
Wade was granted full custody of the couple’s two children in 2011 after a long and particularly nasty divorce saga. It wouldn’t appear the issues between the duo will be solved neatly any time soon.