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VH1 + Producers of “Basketball Wives” Release Statements About Negative Image on Show

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On the last episode of Basketball Wives, Tami Roman erupted (while drunk, supposedly) at a charity event with the BBW girls… about food stamps.  Yes, food stamps.  Jennifer Williams, who attempted to explain that her having never seen food stamps was not meant to disrespect Roman, but to live up to her middle class upbringing, but was subjected to some unruly comments and aggression.

(also view “Tami Roman’s 4 Most Unstable Moments“)

In Tami’s defense, she later apologized via Twitter:

I just landed in NYC, but I did catch 2nites episode on the plane. As I said earlier, this was BAD, wrong & immature-I apologize…

I’m not proud of my behavior, but I own up to it and face it. I do apologizee 2my family, my friends, my kids & 2 my cast members

The supporters who have been there, I’m sorry I let U down-this was not handled properly & I felt bad THEN and now.

I simply ask that U b respectful 2my kids-they R NOT on BBW & do not control my actions on the show. Don’t become what U criticze.

I would have blogged this but I wanted 2 address it as soon as I landed. Accept it or not, I acknowledge & apologize to ALL involved.

Also in most recent news, it was rumored that the BBW franchise was considering to sue Jennifer Williams as an instigator of the show’s negativity.  But let’s be honest, while Jennifer may have been in the middle of many disputes, it appears that she’s one of the most sane and less volatile of them all.  But in the end, all of them have come to blows at one point or another.  This season in particular, showing the most unnecessary disputes than before.

In this clip below, Shaunie O’Neal speaks on the show’s portrayal in the media and what she and her production team are planning to do the next go-round:

Followed by statements from VH1 and Shed Media, who co-produce the show, whom released their own separate statements echoing the same sentiments:

From Shed:

“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”

VH1 also weighs in, saying:

“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate.

We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”


Personally, I gave up on the show at the beginning of this season and picked up these instead.  The issues with BBW Tionna Smalls discussed seemed to have gotten worse, but I just may tune in again to see if and/or how they will implement a new balanced display of women on the show.  Will you?


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