Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Goes on Dr. Phil After Being Accused of Pushing Dad Out of the Picture

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NBA star Dwayne Wade and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, have been involved in a bitter custody battle for the last couple of years.

Funches recently appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show where she complained that Wade’s celebrity status may have caused the judge in the custody case to make an unfair decision and give him full custody of their children.  Funches has been angry at Wade for years, and doesn’t seem willing to give up the fight.  Some have also criticized Dr. Phil for contributing to the poor images of black men as fathers, since he tends to only show black men in a negative light when it comes to family and relationships.

Funches has been labeled by the media as everything from “violent” to “irresponsible.” So she joined the Dr. Phil show on his episode about “ex-wives seeking justice,” to try and clear her name.

Funches spoke with Dr. Phil on the episode entitled “Ex-Wives Seeking Justice.”  She says that going into the courtroom was nothing less than an absolute nightmare.

“I went into that place hoping to get help for my children … but I found judges in the courtroom quoting statistics for Mr. Wade. They would speak about him as if they were introducing the starting lineup for a basketball game,” she said.

Funches continued, “One time we were doing scheduling and we were asking when would Mr. Wade come in and testify. And she was saying, ‘Oh, I know when he’ll be in Chicago. They play the Bulls and right now they’re in Philadelphia,'” She went on to say, “She knew all of these things and she’d say all of the time, ‘I’m a huge basketball fan.’ I was sort of hoping she’d be a fan of justice, but I found otherwise.”

Wade has put his public focus on being the best father that he can be.  He has done a great deal to elevate the image of the black male as someone who doesn’t care about his kids, and has instead fostered an image that shows black men as loving fathers.   His message is simple:  Fight for the right to have your kids.

Wade said of his new life after he gained custody of his two sons, “My life changed in a huge way. Mentally, I’ve been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it’s bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids’ lives sometimes. You fight until you can’t fight any more. That’s all I was trying to be, a father in his kids’ lives.”

The 102-page ruling from the judge had some sharp words for Wade’s ex-wife.

“This court finds that (Siohvaughn Wade) has 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,” read a portion of the ruling entered by Judge Renee G. Goldfarb.



  1. Dr. D

    March 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

    As we know, there is always multiple sides to every story. Obvious Ms. Wade is still very angry. Dr. Phil had the opportunity read a huge portion of the findings and was unable to find anything that would justify taking the children completely away from their mother. It is extremely unfortunate that they could not share custody. Shared custody would allow them to co-parent. I find it hard to believe that if either parent was faced with the choice of losing the children or co-parenting, that they would turn this down. Celebrity status or not, often times African American couples are. Not given the same guidance afforded to others. They should have been appointed a mediator from the beginning to determine what is in the best interest of the children. Judges do not have the skill we needed to make such a determination. The mediator would act as the voice of reason, unlike the attorneys who only have their own interest in mind. I’m not saying that the ruling was inaccurate. However, I am saying that it would be in the best interest of any and all African American families to obtain a mediator for the best interest of the child and make every attempt at co-parenting.

  2. Erika

    March 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I’m a divorced mother and am glad to see a man determined to be a positive driving force in his children’s lives. Unfortunately, so many women play games to prevent men from being the fathers they should/ desire to be. I do pray that she would focus more on a healthy co- parented relationship than vindictive actions.

  3. Onesilverbac

    March 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    It’s so rare to see the children awarded to the father! It’s a wonderful thing!

    Perhaps Ms. Wades anger comes from not receiving the amount of $$$ she expecting should she be responsible for the 2 boys.

    we,ve all heard of the verdict’s of $40,000 per week in order to maintain the life style they had become use to.

    It seems to me sometimes the father would be the best parent, but the child is given to the mother for no reason other than she gave birth to him/her.

    • Olivia Pope

      March 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Of course giving birth to a child is such a small thing.

  4. Fatima

    March 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    D wade never had clean hands.The woman he’s with now was his mistress. Mrs wade mother opened her home for dwade was in highschool because of drug use in his home. family home.He finished college went pro. his ex mother in law didn’t want nothing in return. She wanted him to take care of her daughter.If wade was an average joe the court preceeding would’ve been fair.WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND

    • Tunie

      March 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I do think he took care of his ex when they were together. Now they have gone their seperate ways. She had to be awarded some type of settlement. I learned the hard way. A woman should always have her own.

    • R. Parker

      March 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I agree. I stated mine and your opinion on another post and I got bombarded by D. Wade fans. I also sympathize with his ex because once he made it big he felt the grass was greener on the other side. No only that, Gabrielle Union has blasted them woman in public forums and it is in bad taste. Somewhere down the line she could be replaced with a newer and younger model because I read somewhere that she is a bit older than D. Wade.

    • Mz

      March 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      You don’t know what you’re talking about! They cheated on each other-a known fact, first of all. Secondly, she lied and told the World he gave her an STD-he didn’t. She lied and told the World that he and Gabby had sex in front of the children-the courts proved that Mz Union was not in the country on the dates provided.She kept a wedge between D and his family-primarily his sick mother, a huge mistake for any woman to make and the list goes on. A father is just as entitled to the children as a mother-I totally can relate to a woman scorned but D Wade NEVER tried to leave her broke or skip out on his responsibility nor has he said one negative word about her to the press. ITS OVER-she needs to put a period behind it and learn how to co parent!!! All that money she spent on plastic surgery she can find someone else.

  5. ericaf

    March 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Kids need BOTH parents, and the quicker they BOTH realize that, the happier the kids will be. Period

  6. Diana

    March 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t agree with couples cheating, but if you’re not happy in a relationship for the sake of everyone involved there needs to be some distance placed. The ex wife has displayed unstable behavior after the divorce. God knows what she did before while she had a legitimate hold.
    Someone said the motherinlaw opened her home and asked ‘ nothing in return….she wanted him to take care of her daughter’. First of all,mother in law had to have seen his potential.Investment.Incentive. Perhaps marrying her daughter was Wade’s way of repaying her for her kindness but realized he could not spend the rest of his life that way.I would think the mother in law and the exwife have been well rewarded at this point for shelter, turkey wings, neckbones, pig’s feet and whatever else.

  7. Gcole

    March 21, 2013 at 12:48 am

    She needs to keep her private life private. Wanting so much to be on TV so much just making a fool herself – hope she got paid by Dr. Phil

  8. Inquizative

    March 31, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I worry for those children in the company of that mentally unstable women and her mother. She has a hard time facing reality. It is rare for a black woman to get a physically and mentally healthy and very wealthy black man to be her mate. She had Black American dream and then some! Now she does not. I am begining to see what kind of person she is. On one interview Siovaughn had her mother with her in a interview making derogatory comments about Dwayne Wade collectively. She has been through 12 lawyers. Folks, we haven’t heard the end of this, this may end in tragedy if Mr.Wade doesn’t keep his boys away from her totally. Maybe Gabrielle Union may make a good stepmother. Mr. Wade needs total autonomy with his boys, she needs to disappear. It is great Mr. Wade had the resources to fight for his boys most men do not.

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