Shaunie O’Neal Addresses BBW Drama But Continues To Put Her Head In the Sand

Let me start this off by saying I am not a fan or viewer of VH1’s reality show Basketball Wives, I haven’t been for quite a while, due to all of the unnecessary drama and total unadulterated foolishness. However after hearing about Wednesday night’s episode and then the lawsuit that cast mate Jennifer Williams has filed against Nia Crooks, the friend/assistant of the show’s resident trouble maker and fiancé of New England Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco, Evelyn Lozada, I had to at least watch the last 10-15 minutes of the show online. In case you didn’t see the show, Jennifer and the gang (Shaunie O’Neal included) were hanging out in the Presidential Suite of Gulfstream Park racetrack in Florida, when Jennifer and Nia got into verbal argument about Jennifer changing and having new friends (sounds very 5 years olds on the playground in the sandbox to me). Nonetheless, Nia makes a comment to Jennifer saying “do you need to be slapped to wake-up”, and then Jennifer responds by saying “I wish you would”. Nia at that point gets up walks around the table and slaps Jennifer in the face. In good BBW fashion a fight brakes out between Nia and Jennifer, a lot of colorful words were said, and then the coup de grâce, Evelyn jumps onto the table barefoot to up into the fight and on Jennifer. WTH!!! Then today the show’s executive producer and cast mate Shaunie O’Neal releases an exclusive statement to Vibe about the recent issues on the show.

"I'm extremely happy that Basketball Wives continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality.

As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support."

When I first heard that she was releasing a statement, I thought to myself it’s about time, but to see that her statement does nothing but perpetuate the problem with her hoopla and propaganda I was pissed. Obviously since her last statement on the how the show does not portray black women in a negative light were released, Shaunie O’Neal is still living in her own fantasy world. I’m not going to be naïve and say I’m surprised that the show is still on the air because it makes rating and money for the network, but what I am surprised at is the amount of people, especially black women, who still watch this show thinking that nothing is wrong. I continue to find it funny that with all the drama that is going on, we still know nothing about Shaunie’s life. She continues to come in and out of the show, only to be shown as a peacemaker and at times the victim caught in the crossfire of the other women’s drama. I resent the fact that she makes light of the situations that continue to cast negative imaginary on black women. I don’t know about you but jumping on a table to literally jump on someone else to beat them up in a fight is a lot more than just a different of opinion and taste in shoes. The issues that these women continue to have with each other that pushes then to fight, slap, throw drinks and cuss at each other is ridiculous and should be left at the playground. Understand that all o f this is done to make good television. I don’t understand how companies and conferences invite these women to sit on panels and discuss their lifestyle as if they were some huge role models to women. I continue to be appalled that we praise what’s wrong and snake away in a hole for what’s right. Like I said in another post, my friends don’t act like this. The women (not only African America women) that I hang around don’t act like this. We have got to start thinking outside the box when it comes to our lifestyle. We need to understand and teach our children, as well as ourselves, that it’s okay to be classy, and speaking with correct English, to have manners and understand proper etiquette, to be educated, own a business, have a c-suite position and aspire to have that summer house in East Hampton, all of those things are okay. On the other hand it’s not okay to use the word “bitch” in every other sentence, throw drinks in people’s face, slap each other and praise only the material things in life. Now if that’s what you think is acceptable then there’s a bigger issue that can’t be addressed in this blog. As Shaunie said in her statement she will continue to develop other media platforms, but we are the ones who need to show her in which direction to go. Your J.G.F., Marcelle English

Author: Jersey Girl Sports

Jersey Girl Sports is a lifestyle brand dedicated to the millions of women who like to watch sports. We present sports from the female perspective–the way we see it, how we talk about it and what we have to say about it. It’s sports on OUR terms. We can enjoy sports as much as any man, just with better shoes.

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