NBA Star Accused of Exploiting Transgender Daughter to Make Money

NBA star Dwayne Wade is fighting a legal battle with his ex-wife over changing her gender and name. Wade's ex-wife claims the child is being pressured financially to make this monumental decision.

NBA star Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, filed an objection to his petition for recognition of their daughter Zaya’s change of gender and issuance of a new birth certificate. Wade's daughter is petitioning to be legally identified as a female.

Funches-Wade claims Wade is “attempting to circumvent the requirements of the Illinois final custody order judgment entered on March 14, 2011. Siohvaughn says the former couple’s final custody order provides parental consultation and that Dwyane “shall discuss with and obtain input in the major decisions affecting care, welfare, activities, health, education and religious upbringing.”

“There are multiple factors to be considered by the Court in determining the requests to change the minor child’s name and gender. The minor child is fifteen and one-half years old.” Adding, Dwyane “is positioned to profit from the minor child’s name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney.”

The former NBA star's ex-wife claims the child is being influenced by an opportunity for Dwyane Wade to make more money.

“This matter has been highly reported in the media and there will likely be media pressure on the minor child,” she writes.

Ultimately Siohvaughn just wants the court to wait until her daughter reaches 18 years old. “I am concerned that our child is being commercialized at a young age and also of the uncontrollable consequences of media exposure i.e. cyberbullying, statements and/or pictures taken out of context of our child, and the unwanted spotlight focused on our child.”

The decision will be made in September by a judge.

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