- Bob Metelus
Dwyane Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches recently appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show, where she revealed that the Miami Heat guard's celebrity may have led to an unfair decision that granted him full custody of their children.
Wade, 31, and Funches were married for eight years and had two sons together. However, in a recent episode of "Dr. Phil," she spoke about the professional basketball player's star power possibly swaying the judge's decision when it came to her losing custody of her children.
"Well a lot of it had to do with Mr. Wade's celebrity and a lot of it had to do with his money. But I've seen the court system in a way that I've never seen it before," Funches revealed on the episode of Dr. Phil titled "Ex-Wives Seeking Justice." "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."
During the show, Funches gave an example of how the judge assigned to their case was a basketball fan who paid as much attention to Wade on the court as the custody battle.
"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,'" Funches recalled on Dr. Phil. "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."
Since she has less star power and access to media professionals, Funches insisted that her character was misrepresented in headlines.
"Well, my ex-husband had a publicist. And as far as the records reveal, [the retainer fee] may have been approximately $20,000 per month," she told Dr. Phil. "When you're able to pay someone that amount of money a month to plant your stories ..." she trailed off.
Wade won full custody of their two children in 2011. The Heat guard said that he didn't believe in speaking negatively about his ex-wife in court, which he wrote last year in a piece for BusinessWeek.
"I went in hoping the judge would see what was best for the kids. I didn't go in there knockin' their mother and saying, She's a terrible mother," he said. "I just said, At this time I believe that what's best for our kids is for them to be living under my roof."
The basketball star said more than all of the drama, his two sons are the most important thing to him.
"The rest of it came in what she threw at me. I stuck to my principles of what I believe is the most important," Wade explained. "And it was those two kids. My divorce went on for about four years, and my custody battle went on for three. Something dramatic needs to happen for some guys to say, 'I need to stop this.' My divorce was that moment for me."