Dwyane Wade slams his ex-wife, calling her court petition to stop his son’s name and gender change as “slanderous and nonsensical”

He says ‘Zaya’ will be happier being what she wants to be.


Dwyane Wade.
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Former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wadeagain criticized on social media his ex-wife, who won’t allow their child to change his name and gender, and argues that the objection filed in court by his ex, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, makes no sense.

Wade’s 15-year-old son Zion is transgender, and he argues that he should be allowed to change his name and gender, noting that it is in his ‘daughter’s’ “best interests.”

“A court order affirming her identity as a female will allow Zaya to live more comfortably and honestly in all aspects of her life – from simple introductions and food orders, to applying for a driver’s license and filling out college applications.”


He added, “This petition is about allowing Zaya to take on the milestones of being a young adult with confidence and joy.”


The girl’s mother is against it

A few weeks ago, Funches-Wade argued in court documents that the move should be banned. One of her allegations is that Dwyane may be pushing to go through with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities he has received from companies.”


“Siohvaughn’s allegations are libelous at their core, and are, at best, nonsensical,” Wade’s attorneys wrote. “Dwyane filed this petition because Zaya asked him to.”


Zaya was born male, with the name Zion, but since 2020 has identified as female and last August legally petitioned to be allowed a name and gender change, which her father has supported.