Since the announcement of their engagement last December, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s relationship has really been put to the test. Just days after their engagement, the public learned that Wade fathered a child outside of his relationship with the “Being Mary Jane” actress, which further opened the door for public scrutiny and questions regarding what’s really going on behind the closed doors of their relationship. Now explosive details from athlete’s ugly divorce from ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, are reemerging.
According court documents unearthed by RadarOnline, Funches painted Wade as a cheating and abusive husband who infected her with an STD. Interestingly, she says that his personality shift came just after they tied the knot in 2002.
“I had known that Dwyane Wade had a temper and could become violent at times,” she alleged in court documents. “But when we moved out of my mother’s home … into our own apartment with our infant son, the violence increased. This, however, was just the surface of the domestic violence Dwayne Wade would inflict upon me.”
The mom of two recalled one specific incident where she alleges that a fight with Wade got so out of hand, she wound up spending a week in the hospital.
“He picked up a garbage can made of marble stone and threw it at me. Dwyane Wade picked me up into the air above his head and slammed me down onto a large ottoman with such force that the ottoman broke into pieces when he slammed my body on it and banged my head against a marble bathroom floor.”
“Subsequently, I ended up having to be rushed to the emergency room of Christ Hospital and spent an entire week hospitalized.”
She adds that she noticed a correlation between her ex-husband’s success and the deterioration of their marriage.
“As Dwyane Wade’s income increased, his arrogance and pride increased as well,” Funches explained. “Dwyane Wade began to call me derogatory names more, throw things at me, hit me, take all my money from me, and even kicked me out of the house causing me not to have a place to live. … As a means of controlling me, and as part of Dwyane Wade’s domestic violence pattern, he would often hit me, lock me in rooms and not allow me out, threaten to take my sons from me and frighten me by telling me he knows judges and that they are on his pay roll and he can take the children from me at any time he wanted. The domestic violence and abuse continued on for several years in our family.”
Funches also accused her ex-husband of using money to control her when she tried to leave him.
“I tried to leave Dwyane Wade, but when I did, he made sure I did not have access to my own home and he cut off all my bankcards and denied me access to any money,” she continues. “This exerting of power and control has continued to this day.”
“The marriage has ended but Dwyane Wade’s abuse has not ceased, and through the court system he continues to use his money and influence to exert power and control over me …”
She insists that their marriage came to an end when she tested positive for an STD, something she says is proof that he cheated on her. Wade has denied her claims and is suing his ex-wife for defamation. One can only wonder with these old skeletons are being rehashed. But if we had to take a wild guess, we’d say that Wade’s upcoming wedding with Union probably has a lot to do with it.