Today’s the second day in a row that a Miami Heat player is in the middle of some drama.
Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, is being charged with child abduction after trying to prevent their two sons from going back home with Wade last weekend.
Although Wade has primary custody, the 10- and 5-year-old boys were visiting their mother in Chicago. Funches-Wade was supposed to return the boys back to Wade by the Saturday afternoon before Father’s Day so they would have enough time to fly back to Miami and spend the entire day with their dad. But when Wade’s sister arrived at Funches-Wade home to pick up the boys, she didn’t get an answer. Funches-Wade also would not answer her phone.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the police were called in, and they played a “waiting game” until Funches-Wade finally came out of the house. She was placed in handcuffs and later charged with two counts of attempted child abduction and unlawful visitation interference, and one count of resisting arrest.
The boys eventually arrived in Miami to reunite with Wade on Father’s Day and got to watch their father beat the OKC Thunder in Game 3 of the NBA finals.
According to Wade, this isn’t the first time Funches-Wade tried to keep her sons away from their dad. In a statement released to the public, Wade said:
“Sadly, it is the second time an occurrence with my boys took place on Father’s Day. I am happy they are now here safely in Miami with me.”
Wade filed an emergency motion to suspend Funches-Wade’s visitation rights with their children yesterday. His lawyer, James Pritikin, accused Frunches-Wade as using the children as “pawns” as she cited a previous incident that occurred on Father’s Day in 2010.
Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bail on Monday and is set to appear in court again in August.
Her lawyers have asked to be removed from the case, Pritikin said.