Dwyane Wade Files New Court Documents, Says Ex-Wife Is Trying To Block His Child From Changing Name And Gender
Former NBA player Dwyane Wade accused his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, of trying to block their child from legally changing the child’s name and gender, in recently filed court documents. Wade called his ex-wife’s alleged attempts to stop their 15-year-old transgender daughter Zaya, from changing her name and gender “libelous” and “nonsensical.”
Earlier in the month, Funches-Wade filed court documents objecting to their child changing her name and gender. The ex-wife alleged that the reason Dwayne is advocating for such changes is that the former NBA player might be hoping “to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies.” Wade denied the allegations, contending that the motion is within the best interests of their child.
“A court order affirming her identity will allow Zaya to live more comfortably and honestly in all aspects of her life — from simple introductions and food orders, to applying for a driver’s license and filling out college applications,” Wade said.
Wade’s attorney issued a statement, saying that Wade filed the petition at the behest of his child. He also stated that the allegations made by Funches-Wade are “libelous at their core, and are, at best, nonsensical.”
Drafted in 2003, Wade gained recognition playing shooting guard for the Miami Heat for 16 season before ultimately deciding to retire in 2019. In addition to winning three NBA championships (2006, 2012 and 2013) and Finals MVP in 2006, he also won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. In 2021, Wade was honored as one of the league’s greatest players of all time. He founded Wade’s World Foundation during his rookie season in 2003 to help kids in underserved communities.
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