NBA star Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches (pictured here in 2006) have finally reached a settlement in their messy divorce battle that played out publicly over the past several years. Wade will pay Funches $5 million and has agreed to a non-disparage aspect to the settlement.
The latest stunt in the divorce proceedings was when Funches sat outside a Chicago courthouse last week with a sign that read, “NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets,” implying that she’s homeless.
Wade’s lawyer James B. Pritikin released a statement in response, saying, “Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a series and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child.”
Funches then told the Chicago Sun-Times, “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. 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.”
But the trial has finally come to an end — at least, regarding the financial settlement. A statement was released:
Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have reached a financial
settlement. The agreement was submitted in court last Tuesday, July 16
prior to Ms. Funches’ recent unfounded and erratic public display
outside the courthouse this past Friday. 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.
Their sons, Zaire, 11, and Zion, 6, are the last bone of contention in the divorce case. The court will decide if Funches gets future visitation with her sons, as Wade has had sole custody since 2011.
“The safety and well-being of his children are [Wade’s] main priority,” says Pritikin. “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.”