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While the first season of Basketball Wives: L.A. has come to an end, that doesn’t mean that any of the ladies have gone away. Gloria Govan recently sat down with VH1 to discuss the insanity that is Jackie Christie and her concerns about her sister Laura Govan’s reputation.

Gloria also shares her future film aspirations (she can’t be a reality star forever, right? Thankfully) and compares the Los Angeles women with their Miami counterparts. Oddly, she forgets to mention that very few of the ladies (East Coast or West Coast) are actual wives…

Excerpts from the interview are below.

In the final episode, what did you guys do after you all left the restaurant after meeting with Jackie?

We stood outside the restaurant for like ten minutes and were just kinda like “What in the hell?” in the parking lot. We were all confused and they obviously didn’t show everything, but we were like, this girl is crazy. She kept saying “Y’all need to be truthful! Y’all don’t even know what you’re talking about!” But we were like “We made a chart,” we showed up an hour early at the restaurant to make sure we were all on the same page, and when she came in, you know, we were like “Oh my God,” because honestly when we left Hawaii, we were afraid. We thought she was gonna pop out in the parking lot and attack. We were freaked out, seriously. It was to the point where we were asking for security. All of us were like, she’s crazy! And all she kept saying was “Y’all gonna be sorry, you don’t know who you’re messing with, y’all gonna be sorry,” and we were like, “This girl’s got like eight personalities.”

I think Malaysia was the one who joked that she was off her meds, did you actually think that too?

I was always like “Oh, Jackie’s just sensitive, whatever, it’s fine,” but there was that one point where I was like “She needs to be checked out,” dead serious, she needs medical attention. We were actually thinking about looking to get her into a psych ward and get tested.

Was it weird to you that Jackie went from like, den mother who everyone looked up to to the crazy one, and Draya went from the outsider to, you know, someone everyone ended up liking in the end?

Yeah, it was kind of crazy how everyone switched roles. Even Malaysia and I went from not really liking each other to her, you know, finding her walk with God and she really came into her own, and Imani, she didn’t like me either, she was one of the ones who was like “If I don’t like your sister, I might as well not like you” and I was like “Imani, I’m the only one here that you knew, I introduced you to Laura!”

Did you worry at all about [Laura], that her reputation preceded her and she’d get some heat?

Yeah, I definitely thought that I’d have to spend at least the first half defending her, coming from Miami and all those assumptions and that scrutiny. I was prepared for that, but then again, knowing Imani, and Laura having known Jackie, the only two that I was worried about were Malaysia and Draya. I didn’t know them, they didn’t know my sister, that was the only time that I was on edge. But in terms of working with her, it was hilarious. We shot a lot together and we’d always laugh. The crew had to be like “Come back to us, focus up!” It was classic.

What did the rest of your family think of you doing another series after you had such a tumultuous time on the Miami show?

They know I’m a strong person, obviously very hard-headed at times, but I think with my sister on board, they knew we wouldn’t do anything to ruin our family values or our reputations or anything like that. They were way more supportive. And they know I want to get into films, so they were like take this as an opportunity.

How’s that going?

Auditioning has been amazing, I’ve gotten some callbacks, and just the opportunities I’ve gotten through sponsors and appearances have been great. This is a stepping stone, I’m not going to be a reality star forever, so it’s been good.

How different is this cast from Miami?

So different. I think, first of all, we all have kids, so I think for a lot of us, our priorities are different. I think that’s why we filmed so long, we all had other commitments and our priorities were different. And also, we may not all have guys, but a lot of us still have to deal with them to a certain degree because we have kids with them, so I think that comes out in how we approach certain situations. Because we ARE moms, we aren’t going to be throwing water week in and week out. We’ve had our boiling points, obviously, but it wasn’t like a constant occurrence for us because we were like “No, I’m a mom and my kids aren’t going to look at me like I’m stupid.” I think that’s the main thing that distinguishes us from Miami.

So, let me get this straight… Jackie’s a bit off her rocker, the other girls are getting along just peachy, Gloria’s the next Eva Longoria star of stage and screen and the main aspect that separates the L.A. ladies from Miami is that the ladies of Los Angeles acted less “stupid” due to having children? No words.

[Photo credit: Koi Sojer / PR Photos]

THOUGHTS ON GLORIA’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK THE MIAMI CAST ACTS WORSE THAN THE LADIES OF L.A.? HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE CASTS?


We convene with the ladies of Basketball Wives: L.A. for the second half of the reunion. Fingers crossed that we actually get some gossip and hopefully a resolution to the drama. What am I thinking? That never happens on reunion shows!

John Salley questions Laura Govan about the Kardashian-esque twenty-three karat ring on her finger. She coyly reveals it cost almost a million dollars. Laura and Gilbert Arenas are engaged, have bought a house together and are living in Orlando.

Speaking of weddings, Jackie Christie’s sixteenth wedding to Doug Christie is highlighted. Doug joins the ladies on stage, and he is such an eloquent, well-spoken gentleman. I guess opposites truly do attract! Jackie expresses her disappointment that Draya Michele wasn’t at the ceremony, and Draya defends her decision not to come, reiterating that she was casually invited as an afterthought during a phone conversation.

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Just when it appeared the split between Basketball Wives LA stars Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan was amicable, things are quickly turning nasty all thanks to a new statement released by Matt!

In the bombshell statement, released Wednesday, Matt explains the real reason Gloria and he parted ways was due to an “ongoing affair” she continues to have with a friend of his. Even more shocking, Matt claims they actually broke things off in May, but Gloria begged him to put on a facade due to her TV career. Ai ya ya.

Matt’s full statement via his Twitter page is below –

“In May, Gloria and I decided to separate and in the best interest of her career, I foolishly agreed to portray that we were still together for the upcoming season off her show on VH1. As recently as August we decided to revisit a joint statement of our separation, but Gloria asked to delay making our separation public for the interest of her show.

It is ironic now how Gloria is trying to manipulate the professional relationship between Eva Longoria and myself as the sole reason for our separation, when she knows we split up in May. The reason I broke my silence and released the separation statement a month ago, was due to her on going affair with a former friend of mine. Again, I wish her nothing but the best and I will continue to keep our children as my first priority.”

Wowzers. According to the rumor mill, that friend might be none other than rapper The Game. The Game is pictured with Matt in the pic below and even gave the couple a shout out in his song ‘Good Girls Gone Bad.’ The Game rapped, “Drizzy, I’m sittin here watchin’ Basketball Wives, Like ugh, them is basketball wives? Only cute one, Gloria, thats my ni**a Matt Barnes chick, Can’t swim in that pool fool, thats a crucial conflict.”

It has been rumored for weeks now that Gloria has been having a fling with The Game. Perhaps the rumors are true or perhaps Matt is just believing what others are whispering.

Gloria responded to Matt’s claims via Twitter… of course. Below is what she had to say:

“So Matt’s at it again I see… Whatever he feels like he needs to say to justify our separation is on him. Obviously his relationship with Eva is important enough to bash me. So I wish him and her nothing but the best. Ad will continue to focus Me and out kids. Happy thanksgiving everyone xoxo.”

As for Matt, multiple media outlets continue to report that he is now seeing actress Eva Longoria. Despite their denials, the two continue to be photographed together with Star magazine reporting they are indeed having a “fling.” An insider told the mag: “Eva and Matt are sleeping together. It’s a full-blown fling!”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE GLORIA CHEATED? THOUGHTS ON MATT’S FLING WITH EVA LONGORIA?

John Salley’s teeth may be a tad whiter, his smile a bit wider and his demeanor even more subdued than normal, but there’s no mistaking his presence means that there is a Basketball Wives reunion in the works, this time L.A. style. He introduces the ladies, and apparently Gloria Govan and Jackie Christie missed the hair memo. Why Maylaysia, why? Your hair looks so good straight! I also have to give credit to a reader that commented in an earlier thread that Laura Govan looks like a long-lost member of the Jackson family. Spot on, Super Reality Junkie!

The first issue at hand is the season opening fight when Laura and Malaysia come to blows after repeated belittling and “hood-rat calling” on the part of Ms. Govan. I still love that Malaysia took off her shoes for the brawl. John recaps the fight, saying that Malaysia “pushed Jackie over like she only weighed a hundred pounds.” Oh no he didn’t! He questions Gloria who says she got her information regarding the tiff from none other than Jackie.

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Jackie Christie

Basketball Wives: L.A.’s Jackie Christie has been all over the internet discussing the past first season of VH1’s hit show. She’s been granting interviews with different blogs to get her side of the story to fans. Recently, she spoke with The Urban Daily to talk about her co-stars, what it’s like to be a true basketball wife, and of course, that crazy Hawaiian vacation.

The Hawaiian trip proved to be the breaking point for the ladies and Jackie. Jackie recalls, “They were like you have to leave the island. I said, ‘How can you vote the island off the island? I am the island. You guys dont have any pull. I am the island you guys are playing in my territory.’” She continues, “As for what the girls are doing in Hawaii, that wasn’t real. They really weren’t being upfront or honest about what they were doing and saying. I think the girls know what they’ve done and that all the dishonestly will come back and bite them and I explained over and over again it doesn’t matter what you do and say on TV, you have to address it.”

As for what really went down, Jackie continues to maintain, in a very roundabout way, that everything she told Imani Showalter that Laura Govan said (and vice versa) is true. “I really don’t want to knock the other cast members. People are always trying to make each other people look bad and that’s not what I’m here to do. I will just say I am being honest, I was very honest on the show. I don’t have any motives or any reason to make these girls go against each other.” A very different perception from what was shown, eh?

She explains, “My truth is what was said, was said to me! Like I told Laura ‘you said all these things about me that I’m overweight but second of all you said my hair was ugly’ and I thought we were friends. What I told those girls in Hawaii is what I said in their face. They know their truths and on the reunion it is going to be really really surprising.”

What about that much anticipated reunion? Jackie teases that a few juicy tidbits will be revealed, saying, “There will be some explosive information shared at the reunion, VERY BIG. It’s going to be very interesting. I think a lot of people will be shocked. I think a lot of people who swayed one way will probably take a second look at the way they feel or are thinking. I think it’s going to say a whole lot about who we are as people.”

Jackie has some things to say about a couple of her fellow castmates. As for Draya Michele, Jackie disputes any conjecture that she was ever mean to the new girl. As she remembers, “When I met Draya I adored her, I took her out for ice cream. I told her right off the bat that you seem to be combative. I took her under my wing off the bat, I didn’t judge her. When I found out about her and whatever happened with her son it was from one of the other cast members at the pamper party. I tried to tell the girls we’re all here, let’s all talk about it. I’ve always liked Draya.” Seems like her recollection as an instigator and mine as a viewer are maybe a little skewed.

Jackie also discusses the only other lady who, like Jackie, can actually call herself a basketball wife. Of Malaysia Pargo, she says, “I tell Malaysia ‘you’re the last person I want to have beef with. You’ve called me a million of times, you told me you don’t trust any of them’ so for you to sit there now like you are apart of this group all happy – you were the first one to get in a fight with all of them. You need to sit down and fall back!” Yikes!

While Malaysia and Jackie share the common bond of holy matrimony, only Jackie knows how hard it is to be Jackie. She won’t say the other women are jealous of her… however, she will not say it either. She muses, “I would hate to use the word jealous,but I don’t know what else it could be. I think I’m strong willed and determined, I have a path in life and you know maybe that’s what it is. Maybe they’re all still figuring it out. And they’re like who are you to tell me…” She continues, “Starting out they sung my praises, once it started going and things started coming out, colors started being shown. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and I said that. ‘Don’t cross me!’ I don’t know if its jealousy, I hope not.”

Finally, Jackie dishes on the break-up between Gloria Govan and fiancé Matt Barnes, “I think, even on the show it shows that we are good friends. We went out and Matt shared a lot of stuff, Gloria was even touched as well.” She says, “I’ve known him for about seven years. They are really respectful of one another. I was really shocked with that whole thing. I honestly don’t believe this break-up is permanent. What I think may be wrong is that sometimes you lose that communication and there isn’t that much intimacy where you sit down and really open up to your mate. I would love to advise them on that. Gloria seems like she has everything under control.”

Does Gloria? Those sneaky Matt Barnes and Eva Longoria rumors won’t seem to go away. TMZ is reporting that on Tuesday, Eva did something that screams “relationship,” well at least according to When Harry Met Sally. She picked up Matt from the airport. While sources continue to claim the pair’s relationship is nothing but platonic (and I tend to agree with them… they seem like an odd pairing), tongues continue to wag. And why not? Eva is a well-known TV star reportedly dating Penelope Cruz’s younger brother, and Matt is in a relatively high profile break-up. Sources say that the friendship is one based in both “celebrities” love of charity work. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!

Not to jump back to Jackie’s interview, but I think she sums up this blog post so eloquently when discussing the cast of Basketball Wives: L.A. Jackie matter of factly states, “I feel like all of them are cooky.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT JACKIE’S RECENT INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE BEHIND THE EVA LONGORIA AND MATT BARNES RUMORS? THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK WILL BE EXPOSED DURING THE REUNION?


On last night’s Basketball Wives: L.A., the ladies return to Los Angeles where things with Jackie only get worse. Gloria needs a break from her relationship with Matt and Laura gears up for her move to Orlando. Oh, and Kimsha returns!

Back on the mainland, Laura and Malaysia head to Imani’s house to get their “relaxation on.” Apparently my plans for relaxing (quiet time, maybe a massage) are far different from theirs… gossiping about Jackie. Malaysia reveals that Jackie has reached out to her and wants to meet with the group. Laura doesn’t ever want to talk to Jackie again, but Malaysia is worried. She believes that clearly Jackie is off her meds and may need some friends to help.

Shocking! As soon as Jackie runs out of friends, Kimsha Artest (who is in the weekly credits, but has been absent since episode two) resurfaces. She’s been “traveling.” The next few minutes present Jackie talking and talking while Kimsha’s eyes glaze over… Kimsha voices over the scene about how much she hates drama and how she’s having a difficult time following Jackie’s train of thought. I’m disappointed she didn’t get more air time… she seems to be about as real as it gets for this show!

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Last night’s Basketball Wives LA picked up where last week’s drama left off…a whole lotta Jackie hatin’. With the ladies comparing notes on gossip the trip doesn’t go as smoothly as a relaxing trip to Hawaii should go, but hey, that’s why we watch!

Yeehaw! The tense group of ladies is heading horse back riding with a dry Draya executing knock-knock jokes about avoiding the drama. Jackie thinks the entire outing is fake. Her horse is very feisty. Draya keeps telling her that the horse can sense her bad vibe. Jackie does not find her humorous at all. All of the ladies, sans Jackie, are getting along and having so much fun.

Malaysia, the sisters Govan and Imani convene at the hotel for mimosas. Imani tells Gloria that her beef with Laura was based on Jackie’s twisted gossip and things between her and Gloria’s sister are cool. As if she could sense the women discussing her, Jackie walks in followed by Draya. Jackie immediately cuts through the small talk because she wants to rid the group of the mounting tension…but she seems very defensive.

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Basketball Wives L.A.’s star Draya Michele is often referred to as a groupie. Now she may be adding movie star to her resume…”home movie” star, that is.

Friday, per the usual, Draya was tweeting up a storm as she got ready for an evening out on the town. Things then took a drastic turn when Draya revealed that she has an intimate home video that may be surfacing. “So someone is threatening to leak a very private movie,” she says, noting, “There’s only 2 people in possession of it and I am one.”

Draya went on to thank her supporters and issued a “pre-apology” to her family. “I just wanna pre apologize to my family, my son, my friends, and my supporters. We live in a very cruel word… I always assumed it was love that drove certain individuals crazy…. Come to find out it was MONEY and the want for it the whole time,” wrote Draya.

There has been no mention of the tape since, and Draya seems to be forgetting her troubles while partying in West Palm Beach. A screenshot of her tweets is below –


Meanwhile, Gloria Govan is taking the news of her ex-fiancé’s new personal life in stride…you know, those rumors that he has been getting more than a little cozy with Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. In an interview with Sister2Sister, Gloria opens up about the toll the show took on her relationship with Matt Barnes, her future dating life and those pesky stories about how quickly Matt has moved on…

While Gloria doesn’t blame the show for the demise of their relationship, she does believe that editing didn’t paint a true picture of the kind of fiancé she was to Matt. For example, when she told her sister that Matt “can bounce” if he’s not happy with how she does things, Gloria claims that the scene made her look disrespectful to her mate. She admits, “That was a heartfelt conversation between me and my sister. I was on the verge of tears. They didn’t show all that. That’s not how I feel. I actually kinda like him.”

Of the show, Gloria says, “I think it definitely brought on added stress to our relationship. We’re filming five days a week for hours at a time. That brings on added drama and added stress. The show wasn’t the reason Matt and I have gone our separate ways, but it has added some unnecessary drama.”

However, while Gloria seems to choose her words carefully in regard to her ex, she’s skeptical of his denial that anything is going on between him and Eva Longoria. She jokes, “Dang. I haven’t even been out of the house for a month.” She insinuates that the rumors are true, stating, “Those are the things that float around that start to get to you in your relationship. I know he denied it, but I don’t really know too much about that situation to say it’s not true, but I don’t know enough to say that it is. It wouldn’t surprise me.” Hmmm…is she implying it happened before they split?

She continues, “I’m not sure if I think they’re rumors. I think at this point having been with Matt, I don’t really put anything past him. He hasn’t directly said, ‘I’m doing this. I’m doing that.’ I’ve heard from some sources that it could be a definite possibility.”

While Gloria says she isn’t dating yet, she isn’t opposed to pursuing a new relationship. She reveals, “At some point in time when I am starting to look to seriously date, it could be a celebrity or another athlete from another sport.” No basketballers? Gloria asserts, “I’m attracted to athletes, but I have enough respect for Matt not to date one of his colleagues.” Plus, I’m guessing she’d rather have a celebrity.

Well, as nice as that is she does get in a few digs…perhaps aimed at Eva or maybe castmate Draya Michele. Gloria muses, “If you continue to date athletes, you’re going to be considered a groupie. At some point in time, you have to have respect for yourself and not dip into the same cookie jar.”

A new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO THE MATT BARNES/EVA LONGORIA RUMORS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GLORIA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SHOCKED TO HEAR THAT DRAYA HAS A SEX TAPE?

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