So when I hear that his wife and high school sweetheart Siohvaughn is accusing of him abandoning his children, committing adultery, and ... get this ... infecting her with an "unspecified" sexually transmitted disease, I can't help but take the story with a rock of salt.
If you thought the A-Rod split included some lurid allegations, check out what the Miami Herald is reporting:
[...] She wants the names of ''all of his sexual partners'' during their six-year marriage.Sounds like a completely different Wade than the one we know, right? Whether she's telling the truth or not, that's usually how these things go (tawdriness, full speed ahead!).
[...] She also says she has suffered ''grievous physical, emotional and mental injury'' from the STD, diagnosed in the fall of '07.
[...] His ''failure to spend time with [the children] . . . has resulted in [them] at times being afraid of him; in fact, Zion . . . does not recognize or know Dwyane.''
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Wade, who was actually named a "Father of the Year" in 2007 by the National Father's Day Committee, of course has adamant legal backing from his Chicago attorney, James Pritikin. "These allegations are absolutely false and we look forward to the opportunity to dispute them in court," Pritikin said.
Oh, and you guessed it, there's a counterpoint from Siohvaughn's attorney. "A person's public persona does not necessarily reflect his behavior in private," stated Dorene Marcus.
There's no clear lane to righteousness here, only more mud-flinging and hurt. We'll see how it all shakes out.