During her protest on Friday, July 19, Funches appeared to sleep on the sidewalk outside a Chicago courthouse while a friend hovered over her with a homemade sign that implied Funches was homeless.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Funches complained that Wade withheld funds from her that should have been deposited in a joint bank account. She also said Wade, who was granted full custody of their 2 sons in 2011, was deliberately keeping the children from her.
In a statement released Monday, Wade’s attorney, James B. Pritikin, disputed Funches-Wade’s claims that she was destitute. He said Wade agreed to pay Funches $5 million in a divorce settlement.
“Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life,” Pritikin wrote.
Pritikin added: “Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process.”
But if Wade was sympathetic to Funches, he had a strange way of showing it.
Wade took to his Instagram account on Friday and wrote “#REALLY #whatyoutalkingaboutwillis #aintnobodygottimeforthat.”
He was immediately attacked by his female Instagram followers for his apparent insensitivity. Wade followed up his post 2 days later, writing: “I had my headphones on.. Did y’all hear something????..#stopit #dontbefooled #storiessellpapers #movingon”
Pritikin’s full statement is below:
“Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have reached a financial settlement. The agreement was submitted in court last Tuesday, July 16 prior to Ms. Funches’ recent unfounded and erratic public display outside the courthouse this past Friday. Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process. Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life.
Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be “homeless” and “destitute,” Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, 4 cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees throughout this process. Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child.
Dwyane Wade was awarded sole custody of their sons by the court in 2011. The safety and wellbeing of his children are his main priority. Due to Ms. Funches’ current unstable mental state, her visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the sake of their sons.”
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