Shaunie O’Neal doesn’t seem too happy about the upcoming Basketball Wives: LA. In an interview with EbonyJet.com, Shaunie said that the there’s a little bit of trash “kind of sprinkled” in the show. She said, “Honestly, they’ve distorted it a little bit. I really came in with the concept of having a group of women that come together and are associated by the game of basketball, whether it be their husbands, fiances – there’s some long-term relationship with a man in basketball and the game of basketball – and that’s how we formed this sisterhood and friendship.”

She continued, “The L.A. cast – there are some wives and fiances, which I’m fine with. But there’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against. I was really very hands off with that cast. Yeah, you know they have Jackie Christie, I love her – they have a long lasting marriage and it works. There’s also Malaysia Pargo, you’ve got Imani who was the former fiancee of Stephen Jackson – they went to the altar, you get that connection. These ladies have been around forever in the game of basketball.”

  • She added, “But then you’ve got people that just might’ve slept with somebody. I’m not OK with that. It’s just drama and … that’s not my vision. I don’t think that all money is good money. I don’t need it that bad. So we are having some issues. I’ve kind of just had to take a backseat and shut up and just let it go, let it ride. It’s David and Goliath right now.”
  • Gloria Govan — fiance of Matt Barnes and her sister Laura Govan — who was engaged to Gilbert Arenas, has been accused of sleeping with Shaq while he was married to Shaunie, are also a part of ‘BBW: LA’.

SHAUNIE O’NEAL WANTS TO BRING MORE BALANCE TO BASKETBALL WIVES

Shaunie also spoke on trying to bring balance to the Miami cast Basketball Wives. She said, “I’m trying to get some type of balance on. Even Basketball Wives Miami – can we show Tami and I going to Project Girls and giving a girl a semester’s worth of tuition? Can we show that we actually have sat down and had good times and laughed like girlfriends? It’s not always the two minutes of drama that you get after eight hours of taping and somebody getting on somebody’s nerves.”

  • She added, “I get that it sells; I get that that’s what people wanna see, but can we show that these ladies actually can conduct themselves in a respectable manner? That they do know how to use the English language correctly? We aren’t always going off.”

JAYSON WILLIAMS’ EX-WIFE ADDED TO CAST OF BASKETBALL WIVES: LA

In related news, former NBA star Jayson Williams‘ estranged ex-wife Tanya Young Williams has been added to the cast of Basketball Wives: LA. According to The New York Daily News, Tanya said that she may be the best example of a basketball wife on the show. She told the newspaper, “I signed on to participate in the show to elevate the negative perception . . . that [it] is purposely filled with flighty, overly emotional and sense lessly dramatic women.”

She added, “Yes, my life is chaotic, dramatic and surreal, but I am also a businesswoman.

  • Jayson is behind bars for assault in the death of a limo driver and is up for parole next month when the show premieres.

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