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In an all new interview with VH1, Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan is speaking out on her experience with being on the hit show.

Gloria speaks out on the drama with Royce, her fiance Matt Barnes stating that he is “disgusted” with the show, and briefly touches on the scandal of her sister, Laura Govan, having an affair with Shaquille O’Neal. Gloria also reveals her wedding is coming up in August and that she will not be returning for a second season.

Excerpts from Gloria’s interview below -

And how do you feel about the show? Do you feel like your portrayal is accurate?

To a certain extent. I didn’t know the women coming into the show, so I think sometimes I may come off a little naive. I may come off as the shy-girl-in-the-background type, which is not my personality at all. I’ve never had a problem telling anybody how I feel. On the show, though, I’m being me, 100 percent real the whole time so there’s no surprises. I haven’t seen any surprises.

What did you think of the fact that Jennifer and Evelyn seem insistent on pushing the point that he’s not as faithful as you seem to think he is?

You have these grown women who have been in the game for so long, and you would think they would say, “Hey listen, Gloria, I’ve been there done that for the past 10 years and here are my stories, here is my advice, take it for what it’s worth and good luck.” Instead they have to be so persistent and try to taint our relationship. I look at it as being bitter and jealous. I’m 10 years younger than most of the cast members on the show, I’m 24-years-old, and I’m in a respectful, loving relationship, I’m getting married in August, I have two beautiful kids and a family who loves me, and a lot of them are missing a majority of those components. It’s natural for them to be envious of what I have.

They’ve gone as far as to suggest that they have, maybe secondhand evidence, that Matt has been unfaithful to you. Do you have any response to that?

No. I think that they’re just very scarred individuals who don’t have anything else better to do than try to create misery. They would be happy if I was where they are now, and that’s unfortunate. If you’re someone who thrives on someone else’s misery and you’re trying to break up a happy home, I just think it’s kind of sad.

What did you think about Matt saying the show “disgusted” him in a recent interview?

Matt is very opinionated. I just asked him to make sure that he pinpoints exactly what disgusts him next time. That’s just such a broad and vague comment that it could be interpreted in any way. It didn’t surprise me, though. Matt has told me several times that he doesn’t like the show. It’s not necessarily about my role, but just how bitter the other women are. Bitter and angry and just jealous. He’s just like, “That’s not a good look, that’s not who you are, that’s not who you represent.” I think he’s more concerned about people thinking that I run in this kind of circle, because I don’t. I can’t say that I was disgusted by the first episode, but you know, I wasn’t really a fan.

Your storyline isn’t exactly drama-free, though. When you talk about Royce you say to fraternize with her would be like sleeping with the enemy.

What I mean by that is Royce is Dwight Howard’s baby mother, and Matt is on the same team as Dwight Howard, so being friends with Royce is not worth messing up Matt’s team camaraderie. If Royce comes over here and we’re all buddy-buddy and Matt’s around, that could really end up messing up Matt and Dwight’s friendship.

Obviously the reason she was so aggressive in the boxing ring is because everyone had sort of informed her of your opinion of her. Did you feel betrayed by everyone at that point?

Not necessarily betrayed, I just think that they realize that I’m not going to conform to their little group, and so I think they try really hard to make me the black sheep or the outsider. Which is fine. I don’t have a problem with that, it was just kind of funny that they try to make it seem like I’m the only one who feels this way. They’re so quick to tell Royce, “Oh, well Gloria said this,” but in turn, they were agreeing with me or it may have been that they started the conversation and I just chimed in a little bit. I just think it was everybody’s opportunity to say, “Now we have a way to turn the tables.”

I’m sure that you don’t want to get into it about your sister’s alleged affair with Shaq, but did that add any level of stress as well? The fact that you were coming in with people already whispering about your family?

No. Like I said, in the show, they already formed their opinions and they’re already friends with Shaunie. And although I’m friends with Shaunie, I can’t say that we talk on the phone or we text each other. We are cordial, but she’s not invited to my wedding. She’s not that type of friend, so it didn’t bother me. You guys have already formed your own opinions, and I’m not here to change that. I’m here to say you’re not going to talk about my sister in front of me and think that that’s OK.

Knowing what you know about the way the show turned out, would you do it all over again?

No. No, no.

Would you participate in a second season?

No.

An all new episode of Basketball Wives airs tonight on VH1.


Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan

It seems NBA player Matt Barnes is having reality tv remorse. The Orlando Magic player who stars alongside his fiance, Gloria Govan, on the hit show Basketball Wives did a radio interview this week, during which he expressed regret in doing the show.

Below are excerpts from Matt’s interview -

“I wasn’t 100% against it at the beginning. It started back in Phoenix when SHAUNIE O’NEAL approached my fiancee about it and I was really apprehensive about it. Then they kept approaching my fiancee about it back and forth back and forth and I was really against it but my fiancee talked to the producers and felt good about it so I definitely backed her.

But after watching the first show I was just disgusted. I told my team, because you know [my teammate] Dwight’s involved in that too, that I’m not watching that because I know it’s going to make me mad and I’m going to watch it at the end of the season. I just think that what they say is going to happen and what actually happens is two different things.

Reality TV is kind of a joke. Everything is scripted. There is nothing reality about Reality TV. With that said, I’ll kind of leave it at that but if you want to have me back on at the end of the season when I won’t get fined for what I say, I’ll definitely tell you what I think about that.”

This is not surprising news as there have been rumors and rumblings that Matt and Gloria are experiencing serious problems in their relationship, and might not make it down the aisle. Gloria’s decision to do the show is also said to be a big part of their problems.

A new episode of Basketball Wives is set to air tonight. Jennifer Williams contemplates the future of her marriage, while she and pal Suzie Ketchem get into a heated confrontation with a groupie.

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VH1 Basketball Wives

Move over Bravo Housewives! There are some new wives on the block! Pictured above from left to right are Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, Erikka Moxam, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Suzie Ketchem and Gloria Govan, the cast of VH1′s Basketball Wives.

The show will follow the extraordinary lives of seven women who are best friends and either the wife, ex-wife or girlfriend of an NBA superstar. There has also been some major cast changes since the show was first announced last year.

The series will showcase the lives of these women as they drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry and only travel first class. However, viewers will quickly see that all that glitters is not gold. In order to protect it, they have to deal with the jealousies and dramas of living in — and staying in — the inner circle.

The most recognizable of the women will have to be Shaunie O’Neal, soon to be ex-wife of Shaquille O’Neal. Basketball Wives premieres on VH1 Sunday, April 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

From what we’ve seen and heard, the show will NOT dissapoint. We also have brief bios and photos of each of the ladies, as well as some secrets and scandals involving the ladies. More of that below -

Royce ReedJoyce Reed Braylon Howard

Royce Reed – The 29 year-old is college educated, and a former Orlando Magic dancer. Royce is described as a firecracker, a strong-minded, driven woman who is no stranger to confrontation. She is also the ex-girlfriend of NBA star Dwight Howard. The two have a son together. Royce is pictured on the right with son Braylon Howard, born on November 18, 2007. Dwight however waited until 2008 to publicly acknowledge his son.

There has also been some major drama between Royce and her ex. After some reports hit the web that Dwight was a bully and a less than stellar father, Dwight took his son’s mother to court accusing her of cyber bashing him, and suing her for $9,205,000 in damages. The douchebag didn’t stop there. He also took Royce to court back in December 2009, requesting that she not be allowed to speak his name on the reality show. Royce has agreed to this according to reports.

Some have accused Royce of being a groupie, she has however denied this saying she dated Dwight for a while before bearing his son. Royce also made some headlines some months ago when she decided to enter a raunchy “dance” contest while in Maimi. The video of that is below.


Antoine Walker and EvelynEvelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada – The 34 year-old is the ex-fiance of former NBA star Antoine Walker. And yes Antoine is the NBA Player that made headlines last year for being broke after having earned more than $110 million playing professional basketball for 12 years. Not only is Antoine broke, he also owes more than $4 million to his creditors and is facing felony check fraud charges in LasVegas all at the tender age of 33.

Evelyn reportedly bounced once Antoine’s money dried up. But don’t paint her as a villain just yet, as a source tells us Antoine treated her very poorly during their 10 years of courtship. Antoine was reportedly never faithful to her. Evelyn is also said to have a 17 year old daughter. A photo of Evelyn with her daughter is below.

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Shaunie O’Neal – Is the soon to be ex-wife of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. A lot to report here. The couple married December 26, 2002 and have a total of four children together. Shaunie however had a son from her first marriage and Shaq had a daughter from a previous relationship giving them a total of 6 kids.

Shaq first filed for divorce back on September 4, 2007, citing that his wife was having an affair with her personal trainer. Shaunie denied this claim and they eventually reconciled. This accusation was all the more interesting considering Shaq is VERY WELL KNOWN for his cheating and having multiple girlfriends while married. One of his mistresses, Alexis Miller, got a restraining order against him back in 2008. Another mistress Vanessa Lopez, filed a lawsuit against him in January 2010, accusing him of harassing her.

The biggest shocker however came in November 2009 when it was revealed Shaq was having an affair with Laura Govan, the fiance of fellow NBA player Gilbert Arenas. Interestingly enough, Laura’s sister, Gloria Govan, is a cast member on this show. 5 days after this made headlines, Shaunie filed for separation. It was also reported that Laura was a friend of Shaunie’s.

But before you go feeling sorry for Shaunie, she might not be that innocent. The big rumor is Shaunie was still married to her ex husband Daven Baptiste, when she began an affair with Shaq. Daven was Shaq’s accountant at the time, before allegedly finding out his wife was not only sleeping with his boss, but had also gotten pregnant by Shaq. This allegedly led to the couple’s divorce. Daven has however never spoken publicly about his marriage with Shaunie.


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Gloria Govan – Is only 24 years old and is the fiance of NBA star Matt Barnes who plays for Orlando Magic. Gloria and Matt have twin boys.

gilbert-laura-govanAbove is Gloria’s sister Laura Govan, with fiancée Gilbert Arenas who plays for the Washington Wizards. Laura, who has been on/off with Gilbert since 2001, and had 3 kids with him, was allegedly sleeping with Shaq for the past 5 years. Shaquille’s wife Shaunie O’Neal, is also on the show. TheYBF website was able to get their hands on some email exchanges between Shaq and Laura last year in November. Days after the story leaked, Shaunie filed for divorce. And oh yeah, Shaunie and Laura were also friends.  TheYBF site has since deleted the story and emails from their site.  A screen shot of the email exchanges between Shaq and Laura is however below -

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Other than her sister’s alleged affair, there’s not much dirt on Gloria though there are rumblings she and her sister are gold-diggers due to their relationships with NBA players.  There are also rumors there is trouble in paradise for Gloria and her fiance Matt.  There are rumblings Matt has been very unfaithful on many occasions, and the couple will likely not make it down the aisle.


Basketball Wives Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams – Is the wife of former NBA Player Eric Williams who has played for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats. Not much on Jennifer, other than a rumor that her marriage is on the rocks.

 

 

Suzie KetchemSuzie Ketchem

Suzie Ketchem – Suzie is said to be the social butterfly of the group. She dated NBA player Michael Olowokandi for 10 years and the two have two children together. There are however rumblings that she’s a groupie and tries very hard to befriend celebrities.

 

 

Erikka MoxamErikka Moxam – Is a personal shopper from Miami. Not much is known about who she dated or is dating to get on the show.


Youtube video of Royce Reed dancing in a contest in Miami. She’s the one in black.



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