Shaunie O’Neal isn’t feeling everyone on the cast of "Basketball Wives: L.A.", calling some of them "trash!"
When we heard that Gloria and Laura Govan were going to be on Los Angeles edition of her franchise, we knew Shaunie probably wasn’t thrilled about their participation. She hadn’t really commented on the casting for the "Basketball Wives" spin-off until now, though.
In a recent chat with EbonyJet.com, the series creator revealed that there are definitely some women involved in the new show that she’d rather see on the cutting room floor.
“The L.A. cast–there are some wives and fiancés, which I’m fine with," Shaunie said. 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.”
That might explain how Laura wound up on the show, because many questioned why Shaunie would intentionally hire a woman once rumored to have had an affair with her ex-husband, Shaquile O’Neal.
As Shaunie stated, she’s not salty about the whole cast. In fact, she’s good with much of the main casting, particularly the addition of Doug Christie’s wife, who is somewhat infamous in NBA circles.
“Yeah, you know they have Jackie Christie, I love her–they have a long-lasting marriage and it works," Shaunie explained. "There’s also Malaysia Pargo, you’ve got Imani who was the former fiancée of Stephen Jackson–they went to the altar, you get that connection. These ladies have been around forever in the game of basketball."
Shaunie’s problem comes in when women with more tenuous links to men in the NBA make it oncamera. "You’ve got people that just might’ve slept with somebody. I’m not OK with that,” Shaunie stated, without specifically naming names.
She added, “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.”
— Sonya Eskridge