Dwyane Wade’s Ex Mother-In Law Speaks Out, Says He Was Physically Abusive to Siohvaughn

The very public court-room battle (over their children), between NBA baller Dwyane Wade and his ex wife, Siohvaughn, continues to play out in the public. A few months ago, a lengthy interview was released from Siohvaughn, sharing some not-so-nice things about what she called the ‘real Dwyane’. Fast forward to the present day and D.Wade’s ex mother-in-law, Darlene Funches/grandmother to his two children has put out an exclusive statement through her publicist.

According to Darlene, back in the day (before he and Siohvaughn got married and had children), she was his surrogate mother. She allegs that Wade has not been truthful with the information that he’s shared to the public, court and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Peep a few excerpts of her alleged letter:

“You may have read about some of the ugly things that have happened in the divorce proceedings, and especially the child custody battle, between my daughter and ex-son-in-law. Because Dwyane is a rich and powerful man, it’s his side of the story that is most often portrayed in these stories. Such as the occurrences on June 16, 2012, when Dwyane had my daughter arrested for kidnapping her own children. Regarding this incident, Dwyane went on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and sat in that chair across from Oprah … and lied to her.

The efforts to destroy the life of my daughter and her children, sadly, are coming from the person who once came to my door with just two black garbage bags to his name. Dwyane entered my life not long after the death of my firstborn child, Garrica, a premed student who was killed in a car accident on her way back to school. God allowed me to do for Dwyane exactly what I did for Siohvaughn and Garrica: By His grace, I provided a safe home environment for Dwyane; I fed, clothed, sheltered, educated and encouraged Dwyane to pursue and fulfill his dreams. I took him to the doctor and hospital when he was sick, filled his prescriptions, tended his wounds, and even defended him against his own father, who abused him. I took Dwyane Wade Jr., then 17, to get his driver’s license; I opened up his first checking account and taught him how to write checks and balance his check book, and provided him with his own debit card; I motivated Dwyane by rewarding him for his good report cards and grades.

I remember when Dwyane knocked on my door late one Friday night in May of 1999, and asked me if I had meant it when I said I would never let a kid go hungry or have no place to live or not have what they needed to go to school, or no clothes to wear. I told him I did, and he said, “Mama, I’m home.” I found out that Dwyane was kicked out during one of many abusive and violent episodes at his home between his father and stepmother.

It was right after the NBA draft in June 2003 that Dwyane’s transformation for the worse began. Then it escalated to an unbelievable level that was, in my opinion, officially sanctioned when Cook County Court enabled him to now become “legally abusive.” Dwyane is no longer physically putting his hands on my daughter; however, he continues to verbally, psychologically and financially abuse my daughter and my grandsons—by using his money and influence to keep his children away from their mother. Dwyane’s decision to take my grandchildren away from their mother was not an act of love, but of punishment, selfishness and hate—and the manifestation of a pattern of domestic violence.”
Do you believe that there’s any truth to Darlene’s allegations? Click here to read the full statement.