With Game Four of the NBA Finals set for later tonight, we hope Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade isn’t distracted by the troubles surrounding his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade. Siohvaughn has been charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest.
According to the Associated Press, 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.
Wade's attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday to have it heard, hours before the Miami Heat guard was to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.
Wade told The Associated Press that he wanted his sons with him on Father’s Day, saying:
"That's what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father's Day."
According to Cook County Sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki, Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest.
All the charges are misdemeanors.
Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney.
The couple divorced in 2010 and Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011.
As reported by the Associated Press:
According to the court filings, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade's sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father's Day.
Wade's sister got no response at the home, and after "several hours" the sheriff's office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.
Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon "smacked him on the head," according to court records.
Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.
Wade's issues with his ex-wife have been a topic of media scrutiny for some time, as he recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4.