Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, ex-wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade sat down with Dr. Phil to talk about losing custody of their sons and how she believes Dwyane’s celebrity helped him get custody of the boys.
She’s been accused of everything from attacking her ex-husband to slashing his tires, all of which she denies. At one point, she even attempted to bring a lawsuit against Dwyane’s current girlfriend Gabrielle Union, claiming that Union is a homewrecker and a negative influence on her children. The case was eventually dismissed. After a grueling custody battle with her ex-husband, Siovaughn Funches-Wade lost custody of her children and was only granted alternate weekend visits by the courts. Here’s some of what she had to say.
“Well a lot of it had to do with Mr. Wade’s celebrity and a lot of it had to do with his money. But I’ve seen the court system in a way that I’ve never seen it before. I went into that place hoping to get help for my children and I, but I found judges in the courtroom quoting statistics for Mr. Wade. They would speak about him as if they were introducing the starting lineup for a basketball game. “
“One time we were doing scheduling and we were asking when would Mr. Wade come in and testify. And she was saying, ‘Oh, I know when he’ll be in Chicago. They play the Bulls and right now they’re in Philadelphia.’ She knew all of these things and she’d say all of the time, ‘I’m a huge basketball fan.’ I was sort of hoping she’d be a fan of justice, but I found otherwise.”
“Well, my ex-husband had a publicist. And as far as the records reveal, it [Wade’s publicist’s retainer fee] may have been approximately $20,000 per month. When you’re able to pay someone that amount ofmoney a month to plant your stories… “
“I’ll say this: I’m not perfect. There’s no perfect parent. As far as being intentionally absent or intentionally harmful to my children, I won’t take that because that would be incorrect.”