Over the course of four seasons, “Basketball Wives” has progressively gotten worse with every episode. That isn’t to say that people weren’t skeptical from the beginning, but things have just reached a new level of ratchetness. Between Evelyn Lozada marrying a ball player, whom she slept with upon their first meeting, to Jennifer Williams being smacked three times, fans may not be tires of the mayhem but critics are! Shaunie O’ Neal has expressed that she isn’t happy with the direction “Basketball Wives” has gone in, but recently released a statement to Vibe otherwise:
“I’m extremely happy that Basketball Wives continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality.
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As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support.”