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Dwyane Wade's Ex-Wife Charged with Attempted Child Abduction

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2012

The next week or so may be one of the biggest moments in Dwyane Wade’s career on the court—and in the courtroom as well.

According to the Associated Press, "Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest."

On behalf of Wade as he was preparing for Game 4 of the Finals in Miami, his attorney James Pritikin filed an emergency motion today.

Wade's ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was "charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, according to sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki."

Funches-Wade posted the $10,000 bond for the charges, which are all misdemeanors. In a statement written by Wade in the filing, he made it clear his wife is acting out of line (via AP):

Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action. This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.

The next hearing will take place June 26. If the Oklahoma City Thunder pull out wins in Games 5 and 6 of the NBA Finals, the hearing will take place while the Heat and Thunder do battle for the NBA title in Oklahoma City on the 26th.

On September 4, Wade will release a book, titled A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. As the Miami Herald notes, the book will cover numerous topics, including fatherhood and his tumultuous childhood.

Wade has two sons, Zaire and Zion, and also brings up a nephew, Dahveon Morris. Wade also grew up in rough circumstances, as his mother suffered from a heroin addiction. His parents had split, so he lived with his father and stepmother outside Chicago.

Wade now has to prepare for one of the biggest games of his career, while dealing with a sticky situation that has been plaguing him for quite some time. The motivation to avoid Game 7 has never been greater. 

 

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