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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.