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Dwyane Wade's Ex-Wife Siohvaughn Claims Heat Star Physically Abused Her

HOLLYWOOD - JULY 12:  Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and his wife Siohvaughn arrive at the 2006 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, has gone on the record and is claiming that the Miami Heat superstar once physically abused her.

The woman made an appearance on Real Talk with Kietta, a show filmed in Orlando, Fla., and hosted by Kietta Gamble, which focuses on “real people, real issues and helps to find real solutions.”

Funches-Wade talked to Kietta about a number of topics, many relating to her children (10-year-old Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and five-year-old Zion Malachi Airamis Wade) and her ex-husband.

One topic that stuck out was when she candidly spoke about a time when the NBA star allegedly hit her (transcript courtesy of Jose Martinez of Complex.com):

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 ottoman 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 loose 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.

The couple divorced in 2010 but has had a significant number of high-profile disputes, both during and after their marriage.

Back in June, during the 2012 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade was simultaneously battling the Oklahoma City Thunder on the basketball court and his ex-wife in the court of law.

According to a CBSSports.com report, Funches-Wade was arrested in mid-June for child abduction and resisting arrest after attempting to kidnap the couple’s two children (who she had no custody of after a March 2011 ruling).

The professional basketball player and his wife were still battling in court over the financial terms of their divorce when the abduction incident took place.

Wade has yet to respond to the allegations; we will keep you updated here with any more news or information out of his camp as this story develops. 

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