I’m guessing we weren’t the only ones pretty confused about Laura Govan’s comments about Shaunie O’Neal “ruining” the Basketball Wives franchise because of her inclusion of everyone BUT actual wives. As she told TMZ:
“I’m kind of mad at Shaunie. I kind of felt like she didn’t keep it in the ‘basketball creed.’ She should have just kept Basketball Wives, basketball wives. It could have been a ‘Housewives or a Ho’ show for everybody else later.”
So where is the confusion exactly? It comes with the fact that Govan isn’t even married, she’s just engaged to Gilbert Arenas (and they have four children together), and the fact that she was constantly accused of messing with Shaquille O’Neal while he was still married to Shaunie. Therefore, she doesn’t have all that much room to talk. And this is all ironic considering she once said the following:
“I just don’t like the way the public perceives women who aren’t married vs. the way they perceive women that are. People place so much value on having a great wedding instead of having a great relationship; that’s why you see people get married and divorced so quickly. I’ve been with the same man for 12 years, we have four children and we’re happy. Focus on that.”
Interesting…While Shaunie hasn’t responded to such comments of her ruining the show, Basketball Wives LA breakout star Draya Michele also spoke to TMZ about what Govan had to say, and told them that Govan’s not even on the show anymore, so she needs to stop talking already, especially since she’s not even married.
“I mean, the title is “Basketball Wives” but technically, anyone who’s speaking on who’s married and who’s not should technically be married. And if we want to be technical, Laura’s not on the show anymore. So…[shrugs] She seems a little bitter. She’s a little bitter.”
And in an interview with the JasmineBrand.com, Michele went even further when asked about Govan’s comments:
“You know, I just kind of listen. The only people’s opinions which matters to me are the people that I work with everyday and she’s not on the show anymore so her opinion really doesn’t matter.”
While it’s been obvious that Shaunie and co. have been more about bringing on ex-girlfriends, the mothers of NBA ballers’ children and drama-creating firestarter friends rather than actual wives, there’s just something about Laura Govan having an opinion about that (especially after the show has doled out plenty of checks to her) that just seems backwards. But what do you think?