Wade’s ex-wife protests outside Daley Center
BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org July 19, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:18AM
The ex-wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade on Friday took to the streets to get her side of the story told — literally sitting on the sidewalk outside the Daley Center with a sign.
“NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets,” Siohvaughn Funches-Wade’s sign read. She said she was driven to the act after a frustrating several days in court this week, as the post-divorce saga between the one-time high-school sweethearts continues to play out.
The former couple, who grew up in south suburban Robbins, have two children together.
Wade, a Richards High School graduate and three-time NBA champion now dating actress Gabrielle Union, filed for divorce from Funches-Wade in 2007. Their 2010 divorce, custody battle — Wade gained sole custody of the children in 2011 while his ex-wife retained visitation rights — and post-divorce relationship has been nothing short of messy.
After a grueling week of court developments in which Funches-Wade sought to fire her attorney — her legal representation paid for by Wade, she has gone through 12 lawyers — and a week in which she was arrested by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Carr for appearing late in court, she’d had it.
Leaving Friday’s hearing, Funches-Wade plopped down on a mat outside the downtown courts building, with her sign and her sister and mother at her side supporting her.
“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 Carr 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.”
Funches-Wade said the judge arrested her because she came to court late from taking a final exam at her law school program. Then, her lawyer went behind her back and dropped a lawsuit she filed against Wade over proceeds from the NBA champion’s endorsement deals, she maintained.
She also claimed her lawyer negotiated a settlement agreement without consulting with her or gaining her permission. Her attorney, Michael Haber, could not be reached for comment.
Haber earlier this month had filed a motion asking to leave the case, but ended up continuing on as her lawyer. He represents her both in criminal court and on the child custody case.