- Associated Press - Friday, October 15, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - Testifying for the first time in a case for custody of his children, Dwyane Wade denied on Friday a slew of allegations made by ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade.

The Miami Heat superstar said he never abused or abandoned them, denied using drugs or owning guns, and indicated he was a victim of domestic violence.

He also rebutted the charge that he engaged in sex acts with his girlfriend in front of his boys.

Wade spent much of the day answering questions from his attorney, Jim Pritikin, and is expected to testify again on Monday.

“For the first time I have an opportunity to have my voice heard,” said Wade, wearing a pinstriped suit and Louis Vuitton sneakers. “It’s great the court has allowed me to (give it).”

He used that opportunity to paint a picture of a caring father who only wants what’s best for his sons, ages 8 and 3, and wouldn’t let his career get in the way, while responding to a long list of claims made by his ex-wife in court papers.

One was that he used drugs and drank, which Wade denied.

“Never drank, never smoked, anything like that,” he said.

Another was that he keeps weapons in his Chicago home.

“No weapons,” Wade said.

One of the wilder allegations involved actress Gabrielle Union, whom Wade said he is still dating.

In May, Siohvaughn Wade filed a lawsuit on the children’s behalf saying Wade and Union engaged in sex acts in front of the boys, which “severely inflicted the Plaintiffs emotionally and mentally.” It also claims that the boys received “medium size gifts” from Dwyane Wade for Christmas last year, while Union got “the biggest gift of all.”

That suit was dismissed.

Wade said, flat out, “never happened” when Pritkin asked about the sexual foreplay. As for giving Union bigger gifts, he responded, “Not at all.”

Wade testified that that a then-pregnant Siohvaughn attacked him and threw a marble object at him during an argument in the bathroom at the home they shared in Florida. He said that he “sat her down aggressively” on an ottoman during that argument to subdue her, but that she kept swinging and hit herself, resulting in a bloody lip.

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