MIAMI — Soon-to-be-married Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade‘s ex-wife claims in court papers obtained exclusively by Gossip Extra that the Miami judge charged with enforcing the uncoupled NBA all-star’s divorce settlement is too star-struck to be impartial!
Siohvaughn Funches asked in a recent motion that Miami-Dade County Family Court Judge George Sarduy step down from the case.
Lisa Marie Macci, Funches’ lawyer, argued that the judge introduced his wife to Wade after a recent hearing and had college students led by the daughter of a friend sit in special seats so that they could gawk at Wade.
Last week, however, Sarduy struck down the motion and refused to give up the case.
Had he agreed, he would’ve been the second judge to step down in the post-divorce battles between Wade and his former high school sweetheart and mother of two young boys!
Among the no-nos that the judge allegedly committed, mostly at a July 3 hearing in which Funches complained that Wade refused to release their kids for her summer visitation:
— Funches requested an emergency meeting June 22 and lost two weeks with the kids because the judge scheduled the hearing to accommodate Wade’s travels
— Chairs were specially set up to allow college students to be close to Wade, who was called to testify. One of Macci’s assistants said she heard a female student say that the highly-unusual seating arrangements were made because her dad is a friend of Sarduy’s
— During Wade’s testimony, Sarduy seemed attentive and argued in favor of Wade while he was seen conversing with a staffer during Funches’ testimony
— Sarduy, according to Macci’s motion, brought out his wife from his chambers and introduced her as Wade looked on. Allegedly, Sarduy never showed off his wife in court before
“The court treated the mother not as if she were the mother of the children but almost as if she were an insignificant Heat groupie,” the motion read.
Sarduy’s predecessor on the Wade case, Judge Antonio Marin, was removed by an appeals court after Macci successfully argued Marin was basking in Wade’s stardom glow, and was not impartial.
Sarduy, however, denied the latest motion and remains on the case.
“The trial court . . . has been and will continue to be fair and impartial,” Sarduy’s order reads. “The court harbors no ill will towards either party.”
Macci couldn’t be reached for comment.
But Evan Marks, Wade’s attorney, said: “The mother’s motion to disqualify the judge was without merit and Judge Sarduy recognized this.
“We are pleased with the ruling.”
Wade, who’s marrying actress Gabrielle Union later this month, and Funches have been skirmishing in court over the children for the past four years and spent more than $10 million in legal fees.