Shaunie O'Neal Does Damage Control On The Gloria Govan Ambush Backlash
After last week's episode of "Basketball Wives" where all the ladies ganged up up Gloria Govan and Suzy (mainly Gloria), backlash hit the social networks about the way these self proclaimed "high class chicks" carried themselves.
Now, Exec. Producer and leader of the pack, Shaunie O'Neal, is doing some damage control explaining the back story we didn't see. And also says, "It was a bad day." Read on for the dish....
Let me preface this post by saying I've seen all of 1 and a half episodes of "Basketball Wives." Why so little when I LIVE for drama and foolery? Because after watching a few minutes of the debut show last year, 99.8% of it was transparently fake, scripted, broke, and wack...to me. And anything with those traits is an automatic turn off to me.
With that said, thanks to the mass tv watching I did during the Holidays, I caught last week's episode--with this very incident Shaunie is speaking on. Now, I don't know how the ladies typically act or if this was out of the ordinary for them. And I'm not even a Gloria Govan fan--chick's mouth and personality and holier-than-thou yet still thirsty personality annoys me to no end. But this ish that went down was just sad and unacceptable.
Here's what went down: Gloria and another cast member Suzy went to lunch to bury their own issues. Gloria dished on why she and Matt Barnes really called off the wedding. Apparently, Gloria was constantly making her relationship seem perfect and telling all the other ladies they were jealous of her. So once Shaunie, Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozada, and Royce Reed caught the sniff of foolery that was the domestic violence issue between Matt and Gloria, as well as Matt calling off the wedding last minute, they rushed to the restaurant Gloria was at to lay in to her ass.
Needless to say, it didn't end well. And the ladies--mostly all hovering around the age of 40--acted like a bunch of middle school bullies. It was disturbing to watch and I was cringing just waiting on a punch to be thrown. Cursing, yelling, chasing Gloria out of the restaurant (like, literally physically following and chasing her out of the place) all went down. And for ladies of a certain age to have such high thoughts about themselves that they like to impress upon the viewers, this ish was pretty sad and disturbing and the reason I don't watch. Yeah, I'm always down for foolery and fights a la "Jersey Shore"--but it's a different type of person on shows like that and I expect that. I don't expect it from black women with means and sense. Hypocritical? Maybe. But such is life.
So, Shaunie spoke to VH1 about what went down from her perspective:
Tell me what you think about the incident with Gloria.
It was one of those things where Royce called, and said, “Let’s go and see Gloria and Suzie because this is the only time we’ll get to see them.” She had questions for Gloria, even though they ended up not being asked. I was in Orlando with my kids, and that was the only point of being in that city. Getting that call, it was like, “All right, I’m already here, so let’s go.” We kind of go everywhere together when we’re in each other’s cities. I think the whole thing just took its own direction. As soon as we got there, everything deteriorated so fast and went to a whole other place than probably anyone wanted to go. For me, I can say it was a bad day. As I was going into the restaurant, I was thinking, “Why am I even doing this? This is just pointless and out of my character.” I should have followed my gut, but in the midst of the adrenalin and being with my girls and supporting each other, I rolled with it. I guess people are blaming this on the Laura Govan/Shaquille allegations, and it’s so not that. That’s so last year. I think everybody’s over that, including Gloria, but I don’t want to speak for her. It doesn’t come up in my life at all ever. It was other stuff with Gloria and me: there was tension there. And I guess with us all walking into that restaurant, Gloria immediately went into defense mode, which then sparked a lot of nonsense going back and forth between us.
There was also a bunch of stuff said before the world saw what it saw. There were things said before that, which would probably help make sense of why we even got to the discussion on why she didn’t get married. I think Gloria felt like she was being ambushed and that her back was against the wall so she was going to throw out whatever she possibly could throw out. I get that, but the things she did say were things we could never show on TV due to them having nothing to do with myself, Jenn, Evelyn or Royce. She was totally attacking our exes, and saying what filth and dirty and pathetic men they are, which she thought would be insulting to us. I could give a damn. You can talk about Shaquille all day. It really doesn’t matter. Your opinion of him has nothing to do with me. We were kind of laughing at her, like, “OK, so what? We know who we’re dealing with. We already know what these guys have done.” We were kind of laughing at her, and she said, “Look who you picked!” That’s when we went into, “Well, sweetie, you didn’t get married, so there must be something wrong with your dude, too.”
I think the scene would have made a little more sense with that part in tact, but with me being an executive producer, I don’t want to bash the guys. I don’t ever want that to be the show. It was really important to me to protect the guys from that crap. I wish that people could hear the whole conversation, but at the same time, I’m happy they didn’t, because that’s not what Basketball Wives is about. It’s not about bashing the guys. And this wasn’t intentional, I’m sure, on Gloria’s part, but that’s just what she came up with in the midst of the arguing. She said that that’s how I got to be miserable. And the whole bitter part? I absolutely having nothing to be bitter about. My kids and I live the same exact lifestyle we always did during my marriage and as they can see on TV, nothing has changed. We’re going on the same exact vacations, driving the same cars. No one’s hurting. I’m able to maintain my lifestyle and step away and do Shaunie. I’m in a new relationship, I’m happy. If anything, I’m in a better place than ever before. There’s nothing to be bitter about. It was just a bad day. That’s what I chalk it up to. I participated in mess due to the exchange of words that never should have been said.
Do you regret the incident?
I regret not following my gut. My gut feeling was not to even go. It wasn’t that important to me if I ever saw Gloria again. It’s not something that even crossed my mind. What happened there and what was said was absolutely natural. It was a natural reaction and I think most women would have reacted the same exact way. And like I said, it was a bad day and it was immature of us, but had people seen the conversation, they’d know that we didn’t go in there for the sole purpose of teasing Gloria about her relationship.
I think it’s also important to remember that this beef didn’t come from nowhere – you’ve said things about Gloria, and Gloria has said plenty of negative things about you guys and the show.
It says a lot that she’s back on the show. She said she’d never come back and she didn’t want anything to do with it. But she’s back and she asked to come back. Maybe that was what she wanted: those five minutes of bad-ass Gloria. I don’t know.
Any thoughts on following her out to the car?
It had gotten so heated. She was cussing everyone out and whatever, and it was like, “You’re real bad-ass here when you have 30 people in the room that you know will not let anything happen.” I mean, I’m not going to fight. That’s not in my character. But at the same time, you want to be Billy Badass, and when it wasn’t working, when attacking the guys wasn’t affecting us, then it’s up and leave. No, let’s finish.
What has the fallout over this been like? Do you feel bashed on Twitter?
Yes and no. I’m a confident person, and I know what it is. People have questioned my mothering and called me bitter, but I know I’m a wonderful mother and a wonderful human being. I get pissed off and mad and sad and react to things just like the next person. I think there are a lot of judgmental people out there. Some of the comments I read piss me off because it’s like, “You don’t know me.” If you don’t get mad and say some things and react some ways in your life at some point or another that make you think back and say, “OK, I could have dealt with that better,” then you’re not human. But it’s done, it’s said, it’s a learning experience. I don’t think anybody really needs an explanation, but it is hurtful if you question my mothering skills or question me as a person. It’s frustrating to read and listen and ignore when you want to just say, “Are you stupid?” You can’t define me in seven minutes of an edited piece of film.
Sigh. Your thoughts?
Here's video of the ambush:
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