Media Take Out reported yesterday that NBA star Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade is trying to block their 15 year old child from legally changing gender – from male to female. According to Siohvaughn, Dwyane was “pressuring” Zaya Wade – who identifies as female – into changing her gender for “money”
As we reported, Siohvaughn claims that Dwyane has been getting “endorsements” from companies, after Zaya announced that she’s changing gender. And Siohvaughn believes that Zaya is being pressured into the life changing decision, by Dwyane and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union.
Last night, Dwyane responded to Siohvaughn’s claims. He wrote
“While I’m on a life-changing trip to our motherland, Africa, I’ve received a social media post about me forcing our 15 year old child to be someone she’s not and to do something against her will.
While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to fight Zaya’s identity and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I’m very disappointed that she continuously find ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children.”
As a woman who claims to be a “good Christian mother, I’ve yet to see her make any sacrifice or effort to leave her own home to participate in her children’s lives in over a decade. Zaya is not that some 3 year child anymore and she’s screaming that to the world but most importantly to her Mother!
No one in our house would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less force an identity on them. This isn’t a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life! All the while my wife and our village has been her rock in helping her pick up the pieces after heartbreak after heartbreak!
He had more to say:
Siohvaughn has decided to pretty much be an absent parent to Zaya ALL ON HER OWN.
As men, we get a bad rep for not showing up and being absentee fathers, well that’s not the case here because I’m ten toes down and I’m still going thru the BS! I will not sit on my hands this time and allow her to make a mockery of my dedication to my family.
The high road has run out of real estate. My lawyer will be in control and best of luck to the 14th lawyer as they try to unravel this book of lies that’s been sold to them.
Siohvaughn, a popular Christian pastor, is asking the court to block Zaya’s gender change, until she reaches 18 – and could make the life altering decision as an adult, court documents obtained by Media Take Out show.
Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Heat. In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA Championship and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States men’s basketball team, commonly known as the “Redeem Team”, in scoring and helped them capture the gold medal. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in both total points (2,386) and points per game (30.2), the latter stat earning him his sole NBA scoring title.
Wade was selected as the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2010. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade helped guide Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, and won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. Wade briefly left Miami to play for the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers throughout 2016–2018 before returning to Miami to finish his playing career and retire with the Heat in 2019. The Heat retired his #3 jersey in 2020. He purchased a minority ownership stake in the Utah Jazz in 2021. In October 2021, Wade was honored as one of the league’s greatest players of all-time by being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.