Singer and real-life NBA wife, Tamia, is the latest celebrity to take issue with the depiction of women on VH1’s “Basketball Wives.”
“I think the perception is definitely not a reality,” said Tamia, who is married to baller Grant Hill.
“I think that it’s definitely very misleading in terms of what our lives are about,” she told The Huffington Post.
Pointing out what many critics before her have, Tamia noted that most of the women featured in the franchise aren’t actually married—to basketball players or anyone else.
“I think, to be fair, a lot of those women [on the show] aren’t wives,” said Tamia, who has met more than a few NBA wives since she and Grant began dating 15 years ago.
“I do have a lot of friends who are married to athletes, and a lot of these women are involved in charities, doing all kinds of things behind the scenes and are supportive wives, and—believe it or not—have supportive husbands who are really great guys.”
Although the VH1 series focuses on women, Eric Williams, the estranged husband of Jennifer Williams, was featured on three seasons of the show. During that time, he admitted infidelity, was verbally abusive toward his wife and violently tossed a drink in her face.
“I think not only for the women, but I think it just paints a really bad picture about the man, as well,” she said.
—Tracy L. Scott