In his response to her objection, Dwyane states that “Siohvaughn argues that the petition should be denied because she alleges, without evidence, that Dwyane, one of the most accomplished players in NBA history, is pressuring Zaya to proceed with this petition for his financial gain. Siohvaughn’s allegations are libelous at their core, and are, at best, nonsensical. Dwyane filed this Petition because Zaya asked him to.”
AND! News has reached out to Siohvaughn’s attorney for comment and has not heard back.
Dwyane’s recent legal response also states that he has the authority to make final decisions about the teen because he has had sole custody of her since 2011. Zaya lives with him and wife Gabrielle Union in California.
In his filing, the NBA star notes how his and Siohvaughn’s custody agreement stipulates that he “discuss and obtain input” from his ex about “major decisions” affecting Zaya’s care prior to making them and states that in April, he sought his ex’s input on the matter of the name and gender change before filing his petition.
“As set forth herein, granting the Petition is in Zaya’s best interest,” the filing states. “While it certainly would have been preferable for Zaya’s mother to be supportive of this important part of Zaya’s journey, Zaya should not be forced to put her life on hold while she waits for Siohvaughn to acknowledge and accept her truth from her.”