*Already knee-deep in a legal matter between his estranged wife and actress girlfriend, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will be in a different kind of court soon as the target of a $25 million lawsuit filed by his former partners in a failed restaurant venture.
Jury selection was set to begin today in the case over the defunct D. Wade’s Place chain. Wade’s former partners claim he violated a contract by demanding higher compensation and then abandoning the deal in 2008, according to the Associated Press.
Wade contends in court documents he had every right to end the business relationship. His lawyer says the all-NBA guard plans to attend the two-week trial and is likely to testify.
The South Florida restaurant was just days away from a Sept. 2008 opening on U.S. 1 in posh Aventura when Wade’s reps stepped in to shut it down. The marquee on the venue’s facade was in place, a giant photo of Wade driving to the hoop was hung over the bar and dozens of plasma televisions were installed — all for nothing. [See photos above.]
Wade is also involved in a messy divorce and faces two other lawsuits over business dealings. One of them involves Miami-based charter schools that were supposed to bear his name.
Also, his soon-to-be ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade has filed a lawsuit against his rumored girlfriend Gabrielle Union, claiming the he and actress engaged in “sexual foreplay” in front of the children she shares with Wade.