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"Basketball Wives" Stars Tami, Evelyn And Shaunie DISH To UPSCALE On Weight Issues, Domestic Abuse & Backlash, REVEAL Why Jennifer & Royce Are "Non-Motherf***ing Factors"

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In the latest issue UPSCALE Magazine, Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O'Neal of VH1's controversial reality show "Basketball Wives" open about their off-screen drama and why Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed weren't welcomed back.  Get the details inside...


VH1's controversial water-cooler reality show "Basketball Wives" is set to return for a fifth season, but its stars Tami Roman, Shaunie O'Neal and Evelyn Lozada will be handling things a bit differently this go round.  In the June/July 2013 issue of UPSCALE Magazine, the ladies, who look white hot on the cover, address the public backlash the show received (including an online petition to get it cancelled), fallout from Jennifer Williams' assault and Evelyn's spinoff reality show.    

The revealing chat also touches on off-camera issues like Tami speaking on her weight and Evelyn speaking on her domestic abuse case that spilled over onto the screen.  And of course, each woman had her own opinion about former castmates like Royce Reed and others who will not be returning.  Here are the highlights:

On the negativity of BBW and the consequential loss of advertisers:

“[It] was so difficult to deal with when it was airing and when it was all over with. I remember saying, ‘what the hell just happened? This isn’t us; we’re mothers, we’re businesswomen. We have to be smarter. We have to represent ourselves a lot better.’”—Shaunie O'Neal

“People were connecting my behavior on the show with the incident with Chad. They were like, ‘Well if she acts like that on the show, then I’m sure she acts like that at home.’ I’m a totally different person at home.” —Eveyln Lozada

“I was very depressed last summer. I was dealing with some things that were going on with my mother and everything that was happening with the backlash from the show. I started eating everything under the sun. I blew up to about 190-ish pounds. I’m a tall girl, so I wear it well, but I was bordering between [size] 14 and 16 in my clothes.”—Tami Roman

“By the time we did the [season four] reunion we all agreed enough is enough. We had a group talk and were all definitely on the same page. We heard the messages loud and clear. We knew we had to do better. It was an eye opener.” —Shaunie O'Neal

On the decision to cut Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed from the series:

“It was a chemistry thing. It just became awkward to film or even come up with a conversation. It just wasn’t working for TV.”
—Shaunie O'Neal

"Royce has been a non-motherf---ing factor for the last two seasons, so it just didn’t make sense anymore. And as for Jennifer—Shaunie is [being] nice but I’m going to tell you this—we don’t condone the incident with Jennifer, but we do reality TV. You know something’s bound to happen when you put a bunch of women together and there’s a lot of behind the scenes conversation and gossip going on. So when Jennifer went on this whole anti-show campaign, it was a little tough for us as cast members.”
—Evelyn Lozada


The fifth season of Miami's "Basketball Wives" kicks off on VH1 in August.




Royce and Jen was the last

Royce and Jen was the last two ladies left on the show. I liked Shaunie up until she started knocking Jen's lip gloss line friends don't do that.
Pepper's picture

Wait...this mess is coming

Wait...this mess is coming back on? Jennifer and Royce were refreshing to see. These three posers were the non-factors. I wouldn't loop Shaunie in but let's face it, she's the orchestrator.
Denise2007's picture

I am so glad that I am not

I am so glad that I am not the only one who thinks Shaunie is a coward and a big bully! Evelyn and Tammi kiss her butt just to get tv time. I WILL NOT be watching this foolishness!

Omg these comments are

Omg these comments are hilarious... Almost have me feeling sorry for all 3 of them.... Not!!!!!
Kelli99's picture

Anything to GENERATE some

Anything to GENERATE some ATTENTION for these OLD BROKE DOWN HAGS! That OLD ASS phrase "NON MFF" Evelyn used is OLD and TIRED and it describes all 3 of them perfectly! Since they took off BBW of LA it's time for these 3 to get their CANCELLATION papers as well. Royce may be immature and Jen may have been a little weak at times but only the WICKEDEST of the WICKED were able to hang and stick together! Ev and Tami kissed Shaunie's ASS to stay on that show!
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tom022's picture

Jennifer has & was a friend

Jennifer has & was a friend to Evelyn..Evelyn madd cause she was rite about Chad, I didnt see Ghoul mouth Shaunie warning you about Chad.

If you notice you havent

If you notice you havent heard about basketball wives L.a or Miami. I think trying to let some of that drama go from last season because they should have been on before August. I wont watch because if your so much better in life and your sti using non-muthafucker factor. I just want them to brings someone on there that will beat the fuck out of Shaunie & Evelyn, but especially Shaunie scary ass.

It is so interesting how

It is so interesting how Puertorican dark people like Evelyn constantly chases after African Americans while rejecting her own Puerto Rican people. Lala is the same way isn't she? I mean, you never ever see JLO with her fellow Puerto Ricans in anything it is as if they hate being associated with other Puerto Ricans and look down on them.
Twila's picture

Most Puerto Rican's are black

Most Puerto Rican's are black hun. That was a slave stop. Puerto Ricans are just black with Latin culture. There are differences clearly but their still niggs.
cutethatsall56's picture

Nobody likes puerto ricans

Nobody likes puerto ricans they don't even like themselves that's why they are so hateful, devious and envious. They are so useless they can't even create one lousy website for their own celebrities.
Martine's picture

Well damn! That was some

Well damn! That was some good ass racism!
Suga Bear's picture

Puerto Rican is not a race,

Puerto Rican is not a race, but yeah that was crazy.
shugastyles's picture

@Martine ~ Well Damn ~ LoL!¡

@Martine ~ Well Damn ~ LoL!¡ (Not Puerto Rican, but Ouch!¡)
GetUrLife's picture

Wait, the show doesn't start

Wait, the show doesn't start until August even though they filmed it last year?
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#basicbitches #sucktheywaytothetop #noaccolades #noclass #nothx #byebye
SkeeWee's picture

That cover looks so low

That cover looks so low grade. It looks like a high school dance picture. Me and my homegirls.
DontKare's picture

Tami has had so much work

Tami has had so much work done that I didn't even recognize her. If u put up her pic from Real world back in the early 90's to this pic you would see two different women. #1 thing is over the years she has clearly been bleaching
Somerknight's picture

Why are these dusty, tired

Why are these dusty, tired ass old women still getting covers on magazines? Shaunie you flat nosed turtle faced monkey and Tami ugh no words for your trashy azz. Evelyn you hoe azz. I will not watch these trash bags!!!
Chocoshake's picture

Evelyn sounds stupid! If u

Evelyn sounds stupid! If u don't act like that at home why in the he!! do people watch a "reality" tv show where she (evelyn) keeps it 100%?
me1010's picture

If we don't watch their show,

If we don't watch their show, they will be CANCELLED!!! Why support ratchetness!!
SpeakingMyMind's picture

If Royce and Jennifer are non

If Royce and Jennifer are non factors then WHY are they still talking about them? I feel sorry for their children. I would be embarrassed if my mother was acting they way that they do on television. I despise bullies. Evil-yn was being bullied by Chad at home while she was bullying other people for Bravo's money and ratings. Karma is a bitch.... What goes around comes around....
SpeakingMyMind's picture

I just want one night with

I just want one night with Evelyn! Checkout thegrandreport, they also have some good reads and videos on there too
V's picture

Evelyn is a non mother

Evelyn is a non mother f...king factor. she is so low class and deserved everything she got with Chad and not getting her own show these hoes just thirtsty and need money. They scared to of getting cancelled
lola69's picture

Yea and UpScALe is huge a non

Yea and UpScALe is huge a non mufuckin factor for making u cluckin HENS feel the least bit of significant! Major Fail...Smh
Like Really's picture

These three are total

These three are total hypocrits. They start off saying they were unhappy with the shenanigans that went down last season and vow to "do better." Then Evelyn turns around in the next breath and calls Royce Reed out of her name, basically bullying her in print. That Evelyn is a simple ass low grade ratchet stank ass looking whore. She can go kick rocks or kick the bucket. They kicked off the women with the least drama. Neither Royce nor Jennifer acted the ratchet bullying mess that are Evelyn and Tami. Yet they get kicked off. Please. These three give women of color a bad name. They are an embarassment and this show should not be aired. I hope ratings plummet.
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Those three BITCHES in white

Those three BITCHES in white can catch fire.
GetUrLife's picture

Well since u poured the gas..

Well since u poured the gas.. Can I light the match!! Smdhlol..*sips spritzer
Like Really's picture

@Like Really ~ LoL!¡

@Like Really ~ LoL!¡ Absolutely!¡
GetUrLife's picture

I had to post another

I had to post another comment. "Upscale" does not represent these women. How dare they put them on the cover. How the heck are they stating they "know they needed to do better" when Tammi and Evelyn where the main ones fighting everybody. Natasha please stop wasting your time on these old @ss hags. I love the YBF and i know you always post stories with great quality. Let me just consider this as one of your off days. #SoUpsetWithUpscaleMagazine #NohoodratsAllowedOnTheCoverOfUpscale

I agree with you: I too find

I agree with you: I too find it ironic that these slores are on the cover of 'Upscale'. Now if they're faces were plastered on a Costco-sized box of cheap wine, I could understand that.

Correcting myself-*their* not

Correcting myself-*their* not they're. Unlike these bbws I did actually pay attention in school. :-)


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The Real Thing's picture

@Leela Light ~

@Leela Light ~ COSIGN!!!!!!!!!
GetUrLife's picture


NO TAMI. NO. just STOP. you came to the show guzzling 40 ounces. thats how you got big as hell and voided out that lipo. cut the bullshit. big bitches always blaming it on the rain. no hoe, you just ate and drank too dam much!
shugastyles's picture

Too funny!

Too funny!
Suga Bear's picture



This cover is indicative of

This cover is indicative of everything wrong with Black America--we'll overlook anything eff'd up, insulting and degrading that you do as long as you're light-skinned and/or airbrushed to death. Why any magazine would put these hoes (Tami & Ev) and their pimp (Shaunie) on their cover is beyond me. None of them represent anything more than a love of money & buffoonery-at-all-cost to keep making money. Meeka Claxton was a REAL bbw, but she got the ax. Jenn was an ex bbw who enjoyed the drama till it came her way--she got the ax. Royce was a baller's ex who spoke her mind--so she got the ax. So please just give the whole damn show the ax since the only *halfway* decent ppl on it have been fired.

*High Five*

*High Five*
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So Evelyn doesn't condone the

So Evelyn doesn't condone the incident that happened but she basically goes on to condone it by saying oh well, stuff happens on reality tv. And then she wonders why people were nasty about the Chad incident.
IslandVibez's picture

I telll you who are the

I telll you who are the #NonMotherf---factors. You three on the cover. Tammi you are nothing but a two faced hoodrat. How you claim to be cool with #Jennifer and was snobbing her through the past 2 seasons. Shaunie you are the same as Tammi riding the Evelyn boat,what yall need to do is watch yall dam man around her. Evelyn one word for you #Ratchet but then again here's another one #Whore. I don't care how much you preach on twitter about changing your life. We still don't believe you. This outdated Reality Of a B.S. show needs no more airing time. Kudos to Jennifer for making and creating her own lane. She don't need yall #Nonmotherf---factors. I will not be watching this crap at all! Three old bitter bi&ches! I'm so mad at "Upscale" for even putting them on the cover. Why?!

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Hilda_Sat3's picture

Did Shaunie really have to

Did Shaunie really have to pose with that posture, hairstyle and facial expression like she's The Queen of England....like WTF!!! She looks so f--king stupid......and proud. (rolling my eyes and smh )
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

tami looks totally different

tami looks totally different in the face but cute. overall, this was just recycling of old info, nothing new.
GG Boo 4 U's picture

All of those "women" need to

All of those "women" need to be Raped & Enslaved (per the Bible's orders)............
Jesus H. Christ's picture

Birds of a feather flock

Birds of a feather flock together.....

How is Tammy so cool with the

How is Tammy so cool with the person who fucked her husband? I do not understand that one. I am so glad that I cancelled my cable so I am not even tempted to watch this bullshit anymore.
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