As he battles to win the NBA Finals, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is locked in a parental war with his ex-wife which escalated this weekend.
Wade’s ex-wife, Siovaughn Funches-Wade, was arrested on Monday on two counts of attempted child abduction and unlawful visitation interference.
Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin immediately filed an emergency motion and appeared in court in Chicago on Tuesday — as Wade prepares for Game 4 in Miami.
He asked the court to suspend the visitation rights of Funches-Wade of the couples two young sons , Zaire, 10, and Zion, 5. The couple divorced in 2010.
According to the filing, the family drama began on Saturday.
But Wade told The Associated Press his children have been with him since Father’s Day on Sunday morning and “that’s what mattered most to me.”
It all began when Wade’s sons were supposed to be picked up by his sister at their mother’s Chicago home around noon Saturday to make a 3 p.m. flight to Miami. Wade’s sister received no response at Funches-Wade’s home and after “several hours” of trying the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was notified.
The court filing said Wade’s ex-wife tried to leave the home without the children when one of the deputies tried taking her into custody. The children were with a woman named Nadgee Alarcon at the time of their mother’s arrest.
Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his son’s home Saturday to be with him for Father’s Day. That night helped win Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Back in Chicago, Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest. Alarcon was charged with one count of resisting arrest. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
Siovaughn Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday and will return to court to face the charges in August.
Records showed that Funches-Wade was taken to the hospital after the incident. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.
For his part, Wade said the incident has not adversely affected his play in the NBA Finals.
Wade is currently involved with actress Gabrielle Union.