Dwyane Wade has told his ex-wife to expect legal action after she filed her lawsuit accusing the retired NBA star of guiding their young son to transition to take advantage of her. could

Mr Wade posted a statement on Instagram on Thursday saying: “No one in our household would ever force Zia or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less They will be forced to identify themselves.”

He concluded by saying that his lawyer would contact him.

It comes after ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade went to court to stop the four-time NBA champion from legally changing the name of son Zion to Zaya, a process Mr Wade reportedly began in August. what was

Mr Wade won sole custody of eldest son Zaire and younger son Zion after a lengthy divorce from Ms Funchess-Wade in 2011. Zeon, now 15, came out as transgender at age 12 and has since identified as Zia.

Ms. Finches-Wade claimed in court documents obtained by The New York Post on Wednesday that Mr. Wade “is in a position to profit from the minor child’s name and gender reassignment through connections and marketing opportunities with various companies. including but not limited to deals with Disney.”

According to Ms Finches-Wade’s court filing, Mr Wade told his ex-wife that “a lot of money has already been made” in relation to Zia’s gender transition.

Zaya was in a meeting with both parents, according to the documents, and confirmed to Ms. Funches-Wade that Disney was one of the companies interested in partnering with the child in endorsements and contracts.

Ms Funches-Wade wants Zaya to hold off on going ahead with the gender reassignment until she is 18, and said there would be “media pressure on the minor child,” according to the documents.

Mr Wade does not need Ms Finches-Wade’s consent to carry out the name change as she was awarded sole custody of Zia.

In his statement Thursday, Mr. Wade called Ms. Finches-Wade an absentee mother who hasn’t been to recitals or rehearsals in years, and hasn’t taken the time to talk to Zia’s teachers, doctors and therapists.

“While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to fight Zia’s identity and her relentless attempt to drag my name through the mud, I am deeply disappointed that she continues to [sic] Ways to focus on yourself and your own needs, without caring about your children,” Mr. Wade wrote.

The former NBA player said during a 2020 interview on Good Morning America that Zia had known about being female since she was 3 years old.

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