On last night’s episode of Basketball Wives LA, it was the wedding of the year for Jackie and Doug Christie. Literally, as they marry every. flipping. year. Gloria’s players get waxed on the court, while Draya just gets waxed, and Imani forges a friendship with Malaysia.
Laura Govan and Jackie Christie meet for an afternoon cocktail, because that seems to be the staple gathering for the L.A. wives/pseudo-wives/girlfriends/exes. Jackie admits to Laura that in addition to the fifteen (with one to grow on) weddings she’s had with Doug, she was married three times prior to him. Jackie wants Laura’s self-confidence to grow after her recent split, and she hopes telling her of the three men who walked down the aisle before Doug’s fifteen times will help Laura realize that the right man is out there for her.
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The L.A. cast wasted no time as a physical altercation occurred on the premiere episode! Laura Govan and Malaysia LaQuisha Pargocame to blows after Laura referred to Malaysia as a “rat.” Even more shocking, Laura had just given birth to her fourth child 3 weeks earlier.
In a recent radio interview, Laura’s little sister Gloria Govan reveals she was “upset” about the fight. “Ooh, I was so upset. But you know when I realized what it was really about, I couldn’t really be mad at her. She was going through so much stuff,” said Gloria about her sister. Gloria also promises that fight will be the only physical altercation on the show. How disappointing!
When it comes to her relationship with fiance Matt Barnes, Gloria admits the 5-year romance hasn’t been perfect. This was clearly evident following Matt’s arrest last year for domestic violence. Even more surprising, she doesn’t deny that he’s never been unfaithful to her. “I’m not gonna sit up here and be like, ‘No, you know he’s perfect and we’re fabulous’… it’s never been in my face,” said Gloria.
The rumor today is that Matt might have dumped Gloria. Below is more gossip and secrets about each of the Basketball Wives L.A. cast member as well as their bios!
A new episode of Basketball Wives L.A. airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c.
Draya Michele – Draya is currently a model and aspiring actress in Los Angeles with several music videos and magazine covers to her credit. A controversial beauty with a history of dating players, the funny and engaging Draya says “I have a million haters. I open the list of haters and it rolls across the floor.” No word yet if any of the new LA wives make that list.
Gossip - Before joining Basketball Wives LA, Draya (real name Andraya M. Howard) had a pretty poor reputation as being a big time groupie. One who has allegedly slept with a ton of athletes, rappers, and entertainers. The former stripper is from Philly and is also a single mother of one. Draya, 25, actually lost custody of her 7-year-old son earlier this year after she was arrested for child endangerment. Her son called 911 and told cops he was being left home alone on a regular basis. Draya also dated R&B singer Chris Brown just last year.
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Following the mega success of Basketball Wives, VH1 is now planning to expand the series with a new spinoff!
The network announced this week that Basketball Wives L.A. will debut in August! The new series is descried as “explosive” and will follow the lives of the wives and girlfriends of players on both the Lakers and their cross-town rivals, the Clippers.
The Basketball Wives LA cast includes: Kimsha Artest (wife of Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers), Gloria Govan (fiancée of Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Lakers), Laura Govan(sister of Gloria Govan and former fiance of NBA player Gilbert Arenas whom she has three kids by), Jackie Christie (wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers) and Imani Showalter (fiancée of Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats) as well as others.
Shaunie O’Nealwill also serve as the executive producer of this 10 episode, hour-long series. The press release promises “cameras will follow these women as they attempt to juggle their relationships, infidelity issues, children and friendships while trying to find the perfect balance between supporting their families and realizing their own career ambitions.”
“Basketball Wives LA” is coming to VH1 Monday, August 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.
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The Basketball Wives officially return tonight with the premiere of their third season!
The new season began filming almost immediately following the season 2 reunion show so the drama is still very fresh with all the ladies. Tami Roman is still reeling from finding out Evelyn Lozada slept with her ex-husband, plus you know, that whole being called a “non muthaf*cking factor” thingy too.
A newly single Jennifer tries to find her way, a newly out of the circle Royce mends her friendships with Suzie and Tami, while Shaunie tries to stay out of the drama. New castmember Meeka Claxton also makes her debut tonight and wastes no time in getting right into the thick of things.
In an interview with NicoleBitchie, Shaunie O’Neal talks whether Gloria Govan is returning, slams Royce and takes a not so subtle dig at Meeka by pretty much saying she was desperate to get on the show. Excerpts are below -
Shaunie On Royce – “Royce is back. But truthfully I don’t really deal with her this season. After her behavior at the reunion show, I realized she wasn’t someone I wanted to give my time to… I think the rest of the girls and I have realized that Royce is the type of woman that constantly has to have some sort of drama going on, so we’ve come to expect it. She’s involved in some drama now, with Jen over the leaking of Royce’s pictures. So I try not to deal with her.”
Shaunie On Meeka’s Persistence In Joining The Show – “Meeka was very persistent. She reached out to us regularly, emailing her credentials, pictures, really letting us know why she belonged on the show.”[…]Well she’s already found some drama. I can’t give too much away but let’s just say, she had to learn the hard way.”
When asked whether Gloria will be returning this season, Shaunie replies, “Gloria is actually going to be apart of another show I’m doing.” As you all know, Gloria is currently a Lakers wife-in-waiting living in Los Angeles, which makes us wonder if a Basketball Wives Los Angeles spinoff is in the works.
The new season premieres tonight on VH1 at 8/7c. You can click here to watch the season 3 trailer!
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Hosting the reunion this year will be former NBA star John Salley. The ladies will all sit together to rehash the events that occurred this season, including the fight that broke out betweenTami Roman and Evelyn Lozada last week, over Evelyn’s admission that she had slept with Tami’s ex-husband Kenny Anderson.
Since that episode aired, there have been rumors that Evelyn also slept with her BFF Jennifer Williams’s husband Eric Williams, but we can rest assure you that rumor is very false.
The reunion will be airing in two parts. The first part airs tonight at 8/7c with part two airing tomorrow night, March 14 at 8/7c. Gloria Govan will also be a part of the reunion show, appearing at some point. A sneak peek is below.
In other news, it seems Royce Reed might be returning next season after all despite the recent comments made by Shaunie O’neal. According to TMZ, Royce’s would be replacement Allison Mathis was axed by VH1 after her ex/baby daddy Chris Bosh put up a fight.
Apparently, Chris did not want Allison nor their daughter on the show, and VH1 simply decided Allison wasn’t worth the headache. Sources say this move means Royce will likely be returning though producers are still hoping for a last-minute replacement.
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After a one week hiatus, Basketball Wives returns tonight on VH1 for a drama filled episode!
On tonight’s episode, we get to see some of the ladies (Shaunie, Jennifer, Evelyn and Royce) as they decide to ambush Gloria Govan and Suzie Ketcham during an outing in an attempt to confront them.
In the preview clip below, we see the ladies going at it while Suzie decides to walk away. It seems Royce, who helped plan the childish ambush, is mostly quiet during the whole drama. In the very childish scene, Shaunie seems to be the ring leader as she gloats over the cancellation of Gloria’s wedding to fiance Matt Barnes. It seems the scene took place just days after the wedding was canceled. Must say, it was a tad disappointing to see the supposed classy Shaunie behaving in this manner. Gloria does appear to hold her own rather well though. And why does Evelyn believe she is this big and bad Queen Bee all of a sudden?
ESSENCE.com: How did you and your husband get through the infidelity? JENNIFER: He was sort of like, “I’m not gonna do this again.” I just figured I need to concentrate on me and make myself better and what happens, happens. I can’t really control anyone else but myself. When he turns the corner I don’t know what he’s gonna do so I can’t overly worry myself about that. That’s how I deal with it.
ESSENCE.com: You seem a little detached. JENNIFER: Not necessarily detached, but I focus on myself because I’ve learned the hard way. I’m taking things day by day. Like every other relationship, we have our ups and downs and right now we’ve made a decision to work on our marriage.
Interesting. The new episode of Basketball Wives airs tonight at 8/7c. A preview clip is below -
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Returning tonight are the divas of VH1 as season 2 of the Basketball Wives premieres.
So what can we expect this season? Well for one, the show has been expanded to an hour per episode. There are also some new “wives” added to the cast. Most notable is Tami Roman, an alum of MTV’sReal World. The other new additions include Juli Richmond and Kimberli Russell.
On tonight’s episode, we will season season 1 alum Evelyn Lozada confront Suzie Ketcham about some leaked gossip regarding a Las Vegas trip. Meanwhile, Shaunie O’Neal will attempt to bring Tami into her inner circle.
There also seems to be some confusion regarding whether or not season 1 star Gloria Govan will appear on the second season. In an interview with the Futon Critic, Jennifer Williamsand Suzie both confirm that Gloria is indeed returning for some drama appearances this season.
And back to Tami Roman. Tami appeared on ‘The Real World: Los Angeles back in 1993 before marrying then NBA star Kenny Anderson. She however divorced Kenny after six years of marriage following rumors of his infidelity. In an interview with Popeater, Tami reveals her divorce with Kenny left her without a dime due to their prenuptial agreement.
Tami also shares she was forced to use food stamps to care for their two daughters and denied reports that she ended up with half of his assets.
Basketball Wives airs tonight at 8/7c on VH1.
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They’re baaaack! Though VH1 has yet to announce the official premiere date for Basketball Wives season 2, a four minute preview clip has been released.
And judging from the video preview, there will be no sophomore jinx with these ladies. In fact, there is a new housewife on the block with the addition of former NBA wife Tami Roman, who used to be married to Kenny Anderson. If Tami’s name sounds familiar to you, it is because she was on MTV’s The Real World LA back in 1993. The preview clip is below -
In other Basketball Wives news, following his arrest on the suspicion of domestic violence back in September, TMZ is reporting that all charges have been dropped against Matt Barnes.
The incident occurred back in September after cops received a disconnected 911 call. Upon arriving to Matt and Gloria Govan’s home, cops found visible injuries on both parties and arrested Matt for domestic violence. We’re guessing Gloria refused to corporate as she immediately denied all allegations of abuse just moments after Matt’s arrest.
The couple is still engaged though they canceled their August 21 wedding this year just 3 weeks before they were set to tie the knot. And judging from the clip below, it doesn’t seem Gloria will be appearing on the show’s new season. Also below, pictures of Tami.
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