former nba starHe had filed a petition in the court earlier this year to legally change the name of his 15-year-old daughter. His ex-wife Siohwon Funches-Wade filed an objection this week — and Wade publicly responded on Thursday.
His daughter is transgender and is leaving, Funches-Wade claimed in court documents that Wade had not consulted her about the decision to legally change her daughter’s name to Zaya.
Funches-Wade alleged that her ex-husband told her in April 2022 that they would make Zaya famous with the name change, according to Entertainment Tonight, which obtained a copy of the court filing. She said she is “concerned that our child is being commercialized at an early age” and is also concerned about the “uncontrollable consequences of media exposure”.
“I’m worried that [Dwyane] may pressure our child to go ahead with a name and gender change in order to take advantage of the financial opportunities offered by the company.”
In response to the objection, Wade posted a statement on Instagram on Thursday.
“Since this should be a new way of parenting, I feel I have to address these allegations here, which is a great shame,” he wrote.
Wade said he saw social media posts that claimed he was forcing Zaya to legally change her name. “These are serious and harmful allegations that have hurt our children,” he said.
“While none of us are surprised by Siohwon’s effort to fight Zaya’s identity and her relentless attempt to drag me in the mud, I am deeply disappointed that she continues to focus on herself and her needs without caring for her children.” Finds ways to do it,” he continued. ,
Wade said that Zaya has a 4.0 GPA and is in the honors classes “while getting all this unwanted and harmful attention and debates about her gender and sexuality for those who are committed not to listen to her, even Too little to even know him!”
Wade said that his ex-wife has attempted to harm him in the past, and he was awarded sole custody of their two children as an active NBA player. He alleged that Funchess-Wade has nothing to do with Zaya.
Wade and Funches-Wade were high school sweethearts and share two children – Zaya and Zaire – together. He is also the father of Xavier Zechariah Wade from a previous relationship. He is now married to actress Gabrielle Union, with whom he has a daughter, Kavia.
“Nobody in our house will force anyone in our house or any of our children to do anything against their will, let alone impose an identity on them,” he said on Thursday. He said that his ex-wife decided to become an absentee parent and that he “won’t allow them to make fun of my dedication to my family.”
“The high street has run out of real estate,” he wrote. “My lawyer will be in touch with the 14th lawyer and best wishes as they try to uncover this book of lies that has been sold to them.”
CBS News has reached out to representatives for both parents and is awaiting a response.