Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Staged Protest On Chicago Streets

by July 20, 2013
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Earlier this month, Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, sued Wade over proceeds from his endorsements and promptly dropped the suit. After leaving a court hearing on Friday, Wade’s former wife staged a sit-in outside of the Daley Center in Chicago with an incriminating sign to protest for her rights as an ex-wife and the mother of Wade’s children. From the Chicago Sun-Times: “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. 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.’ 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.”