The ex-wife of NBA icon Dwyane Wade filed a suit to stop one of their kids from legally changing their gender and name, alleging that Wade broke the terms of their custody agreement and would profit from the adolescent’s choice.
The former NBA player and Siohvaughn Funches-Wade were wed from 2007 till their divorce was finalized in 2010. Two children, including 15-year-old Zaya, who identifies as a transgender female, were raised by them. When discussing the topic on “The Ellen Show” in 2020, Wade was transparent about his support for his child.
Wade submitted a petition to the Los Angeles Superior Court in August asking for permission to alter the 15-year-name old’s from Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade. According to court records, Wade had the power to decide on his child’s behalf, and the mother had been informed about the petition out of “courtesy.”
According to Records First Acquired by The Blast
Funches-Wade filed the petition accusing her ex-husband of “attempting to bypass the terms of the Illinois final custody order decision made on March 14, 2011.” The former Heat player “must confer with and gain input in the important issues impacting care, welfare, activities, health, education, and religious upbringing” of their children before any decisions are made, according to the custody order, she added.
Due to his connections and marketing opportunities, including but not limited to agreements with Disney, Funches-Wade claimed her ex-husband “is positioned to benefit off the underage child’s name and gender transition with numerous firms.” Wade “may be pressing” their child about the prospective “cash prospects,” the woman said, and she claimed to have spoken with him about the potential financial rewards in April 2022.
The lawsuit will be heard in court in Los Angeles in December. A request for comment from Fox News Digital was not immediately reacted to by the former NBA player’s representatives. The breakup between Dwyane and Siohvaughn wasn’t quite cordial. Wade reportedly received exclusive custody of their two children, according to ESPN Milwaukee.
According to ESPN Milwaukee, Chicago Judge Renee G. Goldfard stated in her decision that Siohvaughn “embarked on an unstoppable and relentless pattern of conduct for over two years to alienate the children from their father, and lacks either the ability or the willingness to facilitate, let alone encourage, a close and continuing relationship between them.”
Wade disclosed the existence of his child in February 2020. “Our 12-year-old, who was home at the time, came in and said, “Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I feel like I’m ready to live my truth going ahead, and I want to be referred to as she and her. I would really like for you all to call me Zaya “At the time, he added.
To ensure that we offer our child the best chance to be her best self, “we’re just trying to get as much knowledge as we can.”