Cheri DeVos VanderWeide, the daughter of Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, has filed for divorce from Bob VanderWeide — who left his post as the team's CEO last December.
In a document filed in August in Michigan's 17th Circuit Court, Cheri DeVos VanderWeide — who serves as the Magic's executive vice chairman — alleges that her husband is at fault for a breakdown in their marriage and that he vacated their primary home in Aug. 2011.
In a subsequent legal filing, Bob VanderWeide denied that he is solely at fault for the marriage's problems and said it is untrue that he left the home in August 2011.
They have been married since 1984.
In 1992, Bob VanderWeide was installed as the Magic's vice president of basketball operations, and he eventually became the team's CEO and vice chairman. He was involved in the team's basketball decisions and was a member of a key NBA committee on labor relations.
VanderWeide stepped down from his Magic job last December, after the NBA reached a new labor agreement with the players' union. At the time, he said his resignation was his decision and that he had "other aspirations," including a desire to spend time with his and Cheri's five children.
VanderWeide did not return a phone message from the Sentinel, and his Michigan-based attorney declined to comment Friday.
A picture of Rich and Helen DeVos with their children and their children's spouses appears in the Magic's 2012-13 media guide released this week. Bob VanderWeide is not in the photo.
"Bob is not considered a part of the family any longer," Magic chairman Dan DeVos, a brother of Cheri DeVos VanderWeide, said in an email to the Sentinel.
If you want clues about how new Magic coach Jacque Vaughn will interact with referees in the months ahead, you might be well-served to look back at his playing career.
He appeared in 776 regular-season games as an NBA player. He remembers that he finished with just one technical foul — assessed to him by Eddie F. Rush during a game in Phoenix early in Vaughn's career.
Vaughn has said he will have a calm demeanor in his new role during games.
"I compete," Vaughn said. "I'm a competitor, so you'll see that side of me. I'll stick up for my guys, but I think there's different ways to get things accomplished. I don't like chaos. I'll just say that."
Arron Afflalo, who is trying to rest his left hamstring, did not practice Friday, and his status for Sunday's preseason opener is in doubt. Quentin Richardson said he lost 11 pounds from a recent bout with the stomach flu, and he did not make the trip with the team to Mexico City.
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