Basketball superstar Dwyane Wade will
pay his former high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, $5
million in a divorce settlement that a judge decided was valid on
The settlement also includes a
“non-disparage” agreement in which each party must refrain from making
disparaging remarks about the other.
Funches-Wade also will receive the couples’ former mansion in South Holland and four cars.
Brian Hurst, an attorney for
Funches-Wade, argued that his client never fully agreed to all the
provisions in the settlement, including the “non-disparage” provision.
But Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Thomas Carr decided both
parties did agree on the deal and he found the settlement valid,
effectively ending a six-year divorce proceeding that has drawn national
Exactly what will constitute a
disparaging remark still needs to be hammered out, but Wade’s attorney,
James Pritikin, expects violation of the terms would result in a fine.
Pritikin said protection from disparaging remarks also would extend to
Wade’s family members, as well as his girlfriend, actress Gabrielle
Outside the courtroom Monday,
Funches-Wade expressed her displeasure with the decision. “My voice
isn’t for sale, my story isn’t for sale, no thank you.”
Wade did not attend the hearing.
Funches-Wade, who on Friday sat outside
the Daley Center with a cardboard sign that read: “NBA Miami Heat star,
mother of his children on the streets,” has repeatedly said the
three-time Miami Heat champion has not kept his obligation to pay
$25,000 a month in spousal support.
Pritikin dismissed the assertion and
issued a written statement Monday afternoon: “Dwyane Wade has made
several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms.
Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this
process. Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches
to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life.
Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be ‘homeless’ and
‘destitute,’ Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support
to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly
basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at
the house, 4 cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees
throughout this process.
“Ms. Funches has made a mockery of
homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his
mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child. Dwyane
Wade was awarded sole custody of their sons by the court in 2011,” the
statement continued. “The safety and well-being of his children are his
main priority. Due to Ms. Funches’ current unstable mental state, her
visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope
that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the
sake of their sons.”
Hurst said he was not happy with the judge’s decision and planned to explore his legal options.
The couple married in 2002. They have
two sons, Zion and Zaire. Wade filed for divorce in 2007, and the
divorce was finalized in 2010. Wade was awarded sole custody of their
kids in 2011.
Wade grew up in Robbins and attended
Richards High School in Oak Lawn before playing basketball for Marquette
University in Milwaukee.