“Basketball Wives” and the ladies who star in the series aren’t as bad as people make them out to be, Monica and Brandy said during a recent interview with the Russ Parr Morning Show. In addition to talking about the entertainment aspect of the VH1 hit, both ladies think the reality women are a lot nicer than they let on—and considering Monica is a real basketball wife, and Brandy used to be engaged to a pro baller, they ought to know.
“As far as the show goes, I have no judgment that I place on other people. I wish every single one of them the best,” Monica said on the morning show.
“If you meet women who are on the show, you’d be surprised by how many of them are genuinely really good people. You can’t judge people, especially by the things you see strictly on television, especially for an hour, one day a week.”
Monica also said that though a lot of the cast members may not be real wives, they do have careers outside of the athletes in their lives, and that she can respect.
“I’m excited to see a lot of them. They have lip-glosses and clothing lines. It opened a lot of doors,” she said. “There’s a reason they chose that path. Hopefully, that path takes them to all the other places they want to be.”
Since Brandy’s had experience being in many of these women’s shoes as the former fiancé of Quentin Richardson, she also weighed in on the topic.
“As far as dating a basketball player, it wasn’t about dating a basketball player. It was about the connection between the other person and myself,” she said.
Monica shared that same sentiment when she spoke on her marriage to NBA star Shannon Brown.
“I am very happily married, and I think that the reason I am so happy in my marriage is because I don’t look at him just as an athlete. We didn’t meet under false pretenses. We met each other as Shannon and Monica.”
She also said she’d love her husband even if he wasn’t a pro athlete. “It’s my job to support, uplift, and be there.”
That’s probably the main difference between her and the women on the show.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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