Shaunie O’Neal wants daughters to learn from ‘BBW’

    Shaunie O'NealThe ladies of “Basketball Wives” may not have changed their ways completely for season 5 of the show, but Shaunie O’Neal confirmed that they put forth the effort to improve their sometimes-questionable behavior.

    For the most part, I think people were trying to do better, making an effort. I think that’s what’s most important. The effort is being made,” she told TheGrio.com.

    “It’s not that we did a 360, that we’re coming in brand new and angels. Trust me, there are some moments,” said Shaunie who may seems to have bumped heads with newcomer Tasha Marbury, based on previews.

    Though things there may have been a few “moments,” Shaunie said it’s important for her to be more of an example for young viewers and for her daughters.

    “I’m a mom of two girls…What I teach them at home, I want to show them,” she said. Although they don’t join her to watch the show, she said they hear about what airs from classmates and friends.

    One of those things she displayed this season was compassion, as she lent an ear to co-star Evelyn Lozada whose reaction to a very public domestic violence incident with ex-husband Chad Johnson plays out on the show.

    “It was rough. It’s a whole lot of crying. It was very emotional,” said Shaunie. By now, many “BBW” fans know some of the details of what happened that day in August 2012, but for Shaunie, it was all new and unexpected news.

    “A lot of it was us hearing some things for the first time…It was so new when we were filming,” said Shaunie who felt helpless when listening to her friend’s painful story.

    “I’ve never been through anything domestic violence related. I was just more like a vessel for her to talk to. I didn’t know what to say,” she admitted.

    While Evelyn’s story has been given a lot of attention, Shaunie said she’s not the only one who’s showing “BBW” fans a new side on season 5.

    “You’ll see a lot of growth. Filming this season, I felt the growth,” she said. “This is like a mirror. We’ve been able to look at ourselves for four seasons, and now going into the fifth, it’s like, ‘I gotta do better.'”

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