Siouhvaughn Funches-Wade speaks on alleged abuse, cheating and intimidation tactics used by Dwyane Wade


Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, the ex-wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade, is finally speaking out.  Siohvaughn has been largely silent the last few years, only speaking via court documents. She now has coming forward to detail alleged abuse by Dwyane Wade while she was pregnant with their youngest son, his relationship with Gabrielle Union and alleged intimidation tactics used by DWade in an exclusive interview  with “Real Talk With Kietta,”

On NBA Husbands/Boyfriends Getting a Pass For Cheating
First I’d like to say that I’m not an NBA wife. I’m not an ex-wife, I’m not a basketball wife, thank God. I finally know who I am and I have my own identity but at that time I certainly was married to him and the game and the lifestyle. I do think that that’s the expectation. Absolutely. You’re seen, but you’re not heard.

Siohvaughn On Dwyane after the draft:
I was happy because it was a dream of his. His dreams had somehow became even my own, so I was very happy.[…]I saw him set a goal and I was proud of him. I was happy for him, but when I realized that we had gotten this fortune in exchange for our faith and our family, I was destroyed at that point. It started to get really bad the summer right after he’d been drafted. I was over the phone with him and he had said something to me very, very, angrily, and I had something to him about speaking to me and being disrespectful and he told me, ‘Do you wanna go and live in your mother’s house? ‘Cause that’s what’s gonna happen. You’re gonna end up back living in your mother’s house.’ I was very shocked. It was a very, very awful feeling. We stayed together but now that I can look back, from that moment it went downhill.

On Domestic Violence in Their Relationship
I was pregnant with Zion. Shortly before being hospitalized I was in Florida and I woke up in the middle of the night because I was sick, obviously with the pregnancy. I noticed that Mr. Wade wasn’t in the house. I was calling him and calling him because it was probably like, two or three o’ clock in the morning and we went to bed together which means he must have gotten up out of the bed and just left in the middle of the night without telling me. I was looking for him. I looked around the house. I was calling his phone he didn’t answer. He finally got back several hours later, it was well into the next day and I was very upset. I was asking where was he and why he [would] just leave without saying anything.

His response was at first to be verbally abusive. He was cursing, he was calling me names, he was telling me to shut the ‘f’ up.[…]He picked me up and held me over his head literally in midair and threw me down in our bathroom. We had an ottoman in the bathroom and he slammed me down so hard that when my back hit the otooman it broke into four pieces and my back and head hit the concrete, the marble floor, excuse me, in the bathroom. After that I got up and immediately went — there’s a cordless phone in the bathroom, I immediately went to that phone and I was crying, I was hysterical, I went to go call the police. At that point more hell broke lose because I suppose he was in fear of being exposed because I certainly was going to call the police. I picked up the cordless phone, he snatched it out of my hand and he threw the cordless phone against my body so hard that the phone literally broke into pieces.

On Dwyane & Gabrielle Union
Separated and divorced are two different things. I’m not certain when it happened or when she happened but I know that I was very married. I know that me and Dwyane at that time had talked about reconciliation going back and forth. I was still even intimate sometimes with my then husband. So, does that constitute sleeping or having an affair with somebody’s husband? Yes. To me, divorce and separation are always two different things.

The lawsuit was about her having a negative effect on my children. That’s what that lawsuit was about. Her behavior and the things she did and said began to effect my sons, that’s when I opened my mouth and did something about it.

On child support:

Siohvaughn says in the two years that she’s been separated from Dwyane she’s only received 3 months of child support. She had to drain her savings to live. Siohvaughn also indicated that Dwyane asked for a paternity test on his youngest son Zion.

Jill Says: From what Sio says in the interview, it sounds like the fame and money ( in a cliche set of circumstances), took over immediately. Hurt feelings can cause people to act out. Both sides likely share some blame but, at what point do you stop waiting for the other side to “accept blame” and piece your life back together? It’s interesting how Siohvaughn initially gave an interview on the E! special, “Basketball Wives” she said that they both contributed to the demise of their marriage but now two years later it’s all him.
Siohvaughn mentions that she was scared when the NBA attention started coming Dwyane’s way. She indicated that she encouraged him NOT to go to the NBA. Seems like they might have been better as friends because right from the start, before they got to Miami they had different agendas. Sio also said that while in college after the two married, Dwyane cheated on her. Can you really say the fame did it? Money and fame usually amplify who a person already is. The signs were there but it seems as if the hope led her to believe it would be different.
She also says his dreams became her own. Ladies you MUST have your own life. The irony in that,  having your own life makes it hard to maintain these sort of relationships. I think marrying later is something that’s better for athletes AND their significant others.

Siohvaughn said she’s finally speaking out because she’s no longer scared… I guess this is in response to Dwyane’s new book, “A father first: How my life became bigger than basketball” and likely laying the foundation to get her sons back.


The gloves are off and it’s all public. Jinkies!


Here’s one segment where Siohvaughn attempts to explain how even the judge wasn’t fit to preside over the custody case.