Basketball Wives

With the first season of Basketball Wives: L.A. coming to a close this evening, the gossip behind the original Basketball Wives is ramping up with new ladies, new drama and perhaps a new spin-off for one of the cast mates that swore up and down she was quitting the show.

As you recall, Evelyn Lozada announced she would not be returning to the VH1 hit after the network’s blog posted a story about her hooking up with Terrell Owens. Now, normally that wouldn’t be such a big deal for a woman whose professional life involves pursuing professional athletes, but T.O. happens the be the bestie of Evelyn’s fiancé Chad Ochocinco. However, TMZ is reporting that it wasn’t all that difficult to lure Evelyn back into the spotlight. All it took was more money, more flexibility in her filming schedule, and oh… her own show, of course!

Insiders are revealing that Evelyn not only received a raise to return to the show, but she is also getting to call the shots. Sources say Evelyn is choosing to film around her daughter’s school schedule and not miss any of Chad’s games due to being followed around by those pesky cameras.

Not surprisingly, the icing on the cake is that Evelyn and Chad will get their own show which will film the events leading up to the couple’s nuptials. There is no word yet as to whether the actual wedding will be documented on the spin-off, but I’m sure making that happen will be as simple as Evelyn threatening (via Twitter, of course!) to quit that show.

Meanwhile, Evelyn’s cast mates Tami Roman and Shaunie O’Neal are also discussing the upcoming season. According to Tami, the ladies of Miami spent several weeks filming in New York before returning south. Also intriguing is the ladies’ confirmation of two new cast members. Does Meeka Claxton’s fate not serve as a warning to these women? Echoing what must be the sentiments of all the show’s fans, Tami admits, “I’m still surprised at how many people just wanna come into this situation. They should know by now we are not wrapped too tight. But they still keep coming.”

Shaunie is equally unapologetic to the new girls. She states that so much drama goes on with the original ladies during the off-season, that when filming begins, the newbies “just walk into the danger zone.” She adds a passive aggressive “sorry” because that will certainly make the new cast mates feel better! Regardless, and true to the show’s form, Tami promises, “It will be epic, trust me.” I certainly have no doubt about that!

Indeed as TMZ reveals the identities of the two new cast members! Pictured top middle is Kesha Ni’cole Nichols — most notorious for being dumped by NBA player Richard Jefferson back in 2009 via email, a day before their $2 million wedding!

The other newbie is Kenya Bell, who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly trying to stab her NBA husband Charlie Bell. Kesha is reportedly getting along with all the veteran cast members while Kenya is said to be butting heads with them. I wonder why!

Also (hopefully!) epic will be tonight’s conclusion of the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion. John Salley continues to drop the ball mediate as the women go back and forth with Jackie Christie. Here’s hoping some good dirt comes out, but I for one won’t be holding my breath! The episode airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1. Watch a preview clip below!



Move out of the way Danielle Stuab’s ex-lover/crime author extraordinaire! Watch out, Jackie Christie with your new tome! Make room on the bestseller list, Teresa Guidice! According to the Hollywood Reporter, there’s a new writer in town! Evelyn Lozada, famous for “dating” lots of professional athletes Basketball Wives has been signed by Cash Money Content (the publishing division of the Cash Money record label) to pen some “fictional” stories. The part of my heart that truly loves to write just died a wee bit.

Seeing as Evelyn is the ex-fiancé of the NBA’s Antione Walker and still claims to be current fiancé of New England Patriots football golden boy Chad Ochocinco, she probably has a lot of material for her first endeavor into the literary world. Evelyn’s first series (Yes, that’s right. Series. She’s not just starting with a single novel, girlfriend is going for the Sweet Valley High full on multiple book deal) is entitled The Wives Association. Sounds like fiction to me!

Evelyn will have a co-author (which must be code for “I’m famous so my name will be much bigger and more prominent on the cover, even though you’ll do all the writing co-author“) for the series. She will be writing with Courtney Parker, who has an actual literary resume which includes penning real novels and writing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The series will take inspiration from Evelyn’s real life with the main character being Eve Inez-Landon who has dated several professional athletes.

Discussing her foray into creative writing, Evelyn says, “The stories that you hear — what goes on in these relationships, and just being in that circle — I decided to let everyone experience a piece of it for themselves by writing this series of juicy novels.”

Cash Money Records has launched the careers of Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. The publishing side, Cash Money Content, was launched this past February. It has already released novels it hopes to develop into movies… and hopefully for Evelyn, her series will follow suit.

Evelyn explains, “By partnering with…Cash Money Content, we have the potential to turn these ‘novels’ into a full-fledged brand. Everything [Cash Money Content] touches turns to gold, and our brands together will be magical.” Will Eric Williams direct?

Speaking of Eric Williams, his ex-wife Jennifer Williams was attached to the hip with Evelyn during the past seasons of Basketball Wives. However, a source is telling Sister2Sister that the pals are on the outs evident by the fact that they no longer follow each other on Twitter.

Someone close to the former friends says that the two are no longer on speaking terms yet there is no reason cited for the recent state of their unfriendship. While both ladies have remained mum about the rift, the source believes the dreaded radio interview where Jen shared her true feeling for Chad likely had something to do with it.

The insider believes that Evelyn is hurt that her former bestie isn’t around for her wedding planning, and likewise, Jen doesn’t want to disrespect Evelyn by discussing the tiff. Thankfully (well, maybe not thankfully for Royce Reed), the source predicts the pair will be as close as ever by the time filming for Basketball Wives: Miami resumes.

[Photos credit: WENN]


In the world of Basketball Wives: L.A., it’s hard to keep up with who is the lady Jackie Christie and her cast mates love to hate. On the most recent episode, Laura Govan is the target, but up until then, Draya Michele bore the brunt of Jackie’s wrath. After the ladies confronted Draya about past child neglect allegations (leaving her in tears), the group received backlash for bullying, with Jackie as the ringleader.

In a recent interview, Jackie speaks out about the “misconception.” She says, “The biggest misconception is that we are mean and bullies, and we don’t like Draya, but that is not true. We all have something to offer; it’s a lot of judging that goes on, especially because of the way things seem on TV. But once you get to know us as a whole, we all are not bullies and are caring, compassionate women. But we are not bullies—we all are really good people once you get to know us.” Say it one more time and people may just start to believe it!

Of the infamous scene, Jackie, like all reality veterans before her, blames editing for creating a situation that appeared to have all the ladies ganging up on Draya. Jackie explains,“See a lot of people didn’t get to see everything that was being discussed. It comes off like I was being a bully, and it seemed as though we were all just coming down on her, but there were a lot of things that was edited out. Draya wasn’t crying from what I was saying to her.”

She continues, “A lot of things were talked about and said throughout the whole conversation, and yes, I am crazy about my husband, but who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t just saying it to Draya in a way that came off to be aggressive, even though that is how it may have appeared. Yes, I do have a strong personality, but I also am a loving and caring person.”

Finally, moving on from the Draya drama, Jackie addresses her missing cast mates, Kimsha Artest and Tanya Williams. If you recall, it has been SEVERAL episodes since we’ve laid eyes on those women. Despite a fake facebook page hurling accusations that Shaunie O’Neal orchestrated their absence, both women claim they left on their own because they didn’t like the way their cast members were behaving constant drama.

However, Jackie says we shouldn’t count Kimsha and Tanya out for good yet. She reveals, “I like both of them. I do miss their presence on the show—they are going to come back on a few of the future episodes. We stopped filming now, but they did do a lot of filming separate from myself, because a lot of times we don’t film together. But I do like both of them; I would love to see them be a part of the show again in the future.”

Switching gears from Los Angeles to Miami, recently Royce Reed of the original Basketball Wives claimed she was leaving the show. Once again heading to Twitter to track her career decisions, Royce has changed her tune and decided to return for season four.

Royce tweeted, “Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change and after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4. How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired and my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, and messages from my fans. I love y’all and u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie”

While many of her fellow cast mates have threatened not to film with Royce, she did receive some love from Tami Roman, who responded, “OK, I don’t know whether 2hug u or smack the ish outta u-girl don’t take me on emotional roller coaster LOL-welcome back :)”


It’s official, Gloria Govan and Matt Barnes have broken up.

Following the cancellation of their wedding last year which was followed by Matt’s arrest for domestic violence (the charges were eventually dropped), the Basketball Wives LA stars have decided to end their relationship and engagement.

Matt confirms the split in a statement released to the LA Times. “I’d like to address the rumors surrounding mine and Gloria’s relationship,” Matt’s statement read. “We have reached the difficult decision of ending our relationship and will be going our separate ways at this time. We will work together to raise our sons and wish each other only the best.”

Matt and Gloria have two kids together — 2-year-old twins Carter Kelly and Isiah Michael. The LA Times also adds that it’s unclear on whether the former couple will be dividing their assets, which includes their Palos Verdes home.

There were signs that this breakup was coming as just weeks ago Gloria admitted her relationship was not perfect, even revealing the two had been in couple’s counseling.

And just last week, a fan tweeted to Matt that he should marry Gloria or else someone else will. Matt responded: “He can have her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Yikes.

Gloria has yet to comment on the split though she did retweet this on Saturday: “If someone is dumb enough to walk away, be smart enough to let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you.”

A new episode of Basketball Wives LA airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c.

Photo credit: John Salangsang / Splash News


UPDATE – Gloria is now confirming the breakup via her twitter page. She tweeted: “I’m sure you guys are hearing a ton of buzz about Matt and Me breaking up, sorry to say… its true!!!” She later added, “But the most important thing is focusing on my kids and continuing to have a good relationship with their father, thanks for your support!!!”

Following in the footsteps of her costar Evelyn Lozada, who unofficially quit Basketball Wives last month, Royce Reed has now announced she is also quitting the show!

Royce tweeted: “Good Afternoon! As of right now I have decided NOT 2return 4 Season 4 of BBW due 2 artistic differences.Things may change but as of now, NO!”

After some fans wondered if this sudden change of heart was over money (I mean let’s face it “artistic differences” is usually the code name for I want more money!), Royce denied it was over finances. She wrote: “Some things have Nothing to do with money but All to do with images/careers! Never sell your soul! Respect is hard 2 come by! :-)”

Wow. Even more surprising Royce’s costar Tami Roman then hinted that she might also be leaving the show. “Well ok @Roycelr don’t be surprised-several others may follow…” tweeted Tami.

No word yet on what those creative differences Royce is talking about could be. Perhaps the producers of the show are wanting her to make up with Evelyn, Shaunie O’Neal and Jennifer Williams in other to remain relevant on the show. After icing Royce out last season by not inviting her to Italy, the three meangirls have stated they no longer want to film with her. And with Meeka Claxton reportedly getting the boot, that leaves Royce with no one to film with except Tami.

And just a few days ago, the NY Post posted the blind item below about Shaunie the show –

“Which producer of a VH1 reality show is fed up with negotiations over contracts for “Basketball Wives?” The producer was overheard telling people that the ladies “better fall in line” or they’ll be booted “like the New York Housewives.”

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Must say the show is in serious danger if Evelyn, Royce, and Tami all decide to walk away!

Photos credit: PR Photos


As suspected, Evelyn Lozada’s self imposed hiatus from twitter did not last long!

After the Basketball Wives star announced she has quit the twitter on Tuesday, she officially signed back on this morning and has been tweeting up a storm since.

As we reported yesterday, Evelyn not only “quit” twitter, but also the Basketball Wives after reports came out stating she once had a fling with her fiance Chad Ochocinco’s buddie Terrell Owens. Chad tweeted, “You don’t know how much it hurts,” which led to the speculation that the two might have called it quits. In addition to that a source confirmed to us that Chad did indeed dump Evelyn over the TO rumors which he believed to be true.

Well fast forward to today, and Evelyn really wants to assure us all is well between the two! She also denies ever having a fling with TO.

Evelyn wrote, “***RUMORS TO CLEAR UP*** I am not pregnant people and me and @ochocinco are still together! STOP BELIEVING THE LIES “THIS” BLOG POSTS!!” Uh uh.

Below are more of Evelyn’s tweets –

Our source insists Chad did indeed dump Evelyn over the rumors. Perhaps they have now made up. A look at Chad’s twitter shows he hasn’t updated his page since Tuesday when he tweeted, “You don’t know how much it hurts.” Plus Chad also unfollowed Evelyn on twitter and has yet to start following her again. No word yet on whether Evelyn has also done a 180 on “quitting” the Basketball Wives.


Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Days after a media outlet reported Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada once had a fling with her fiance’s BFF Terrell Owens, she has decided to quit the show, and according to TMZ, it is for good this time.

The chain of events began earlier this week when the MediaTakeOut gossip blog stated that when Evelyn began dating fiance Chad Ochocinco last year, she was also secretly dating his buddie and fellow NFL player Terrell at the same time. The insider revealed, “I can’t call it CHEATING, cause her and Chad weren’t officially together. But Chad doesn’t know about it. Evelyn and [Terrel] promised to never tell [Chad] about it.”

After that report came out on Monday, Evelyn laughed it off on twitter, and her fiance Chad did the same. Well fast forward to a day later as Chad posted this not so cryptic message on his twitter page: “No Sabes Como Duele.” Translation? – “You don’t know how much it hurts.” Chad hasn’t updated his twitter page since posting that on Tuesday.

The same day Chad posted the message, Evelyn posted on her twitter page that she was not only quitting twitter, but also the Basketball Wives. “Just wanted to say that I won’t be on Twitter for a while. Going 2 possibly delete my account & I won’t be signing on 2 do anymore shows,” tweeted Evelyn.

And just yesterday, TMZ confirmed that Evelyn had indeed decided to quit the very popular VH1 hit show. Sources close to Evelyn tell TMZ no amount of money will bring her back and that Evelyn made up her mind after VH1 posted a blog repeating the report that Evelyn may have cheated on Chad with his former teammate TO. VH1 has since deleted the blog posting.

However, the word on the rumor mill is that Evelyn and TO, who also has a show on VH1, did indeed have a fling before Evelyn got serious with Chad. After the initial story came out this week, TO apparently came clean to Chad, who then decided to dump his fiance Evelyn. Sources add that Evelyn is devastated and now feels that Basketball Wives ruined her reputation and relationship with Chad. Yikes!

And oh yeah, Chad also unfollowed Evelyn on twitter! Below is a screen shot of Evelyn’s tweets –

The bigger question now is with Evelyn off the show, who is Jen going to follow around?

Photo credit: Credit: Johnny Louis/


Basketball Wives Meeka

According to a new report by TMZ, the only real basketball wife Meeka Claxton will not be returning to Basketball Wives.

Sources close to the show reveal Meeka is getting the boot from the producers, and that they have yet to contact her since the reunion show filming.

The reason? Apparently it all has to do with the lawsuit Meeka filed against her costar Tami Roman for assault. Tami punched Meeka in the face during an outing in Italy.

Right after Meeka filed the lawsuit, Tami stated she would not return to the show unless Meeka was fired. It appears she got her wish.

TMZ adds that the lawsuit was also the final straw with producers of the show. Meeka has yet to comment on the report.


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