‘Basketball Wife’ Gloria Govan Explains Her Beef With The ShowPublished by Starr Rhett on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:00 am.
Gloria Govan of Basketball Wives explained to VIBE why she’s so rigid on the show. She said that she wanted to be a positive role model on the show and expected the same from the other women, but she feels that they are the opposite. Here’s a snippet of what she said:
“When we were approached by Shaunie in the very beginning she told us both that it was going to be about positive women trying to step outside the shadows of their significant others and really try to bring a positive light to the basketball wives, because a majority of us are stereotyped as being uneducated nutcases spending all of our time shopping with thousands of nannies and very chaotic so we were excited,” Govan says, explaining the couple’s initial interest in her joining the cast. “Matt and I were both excited to show people that this is not how it is so I think when we saw the finished product we were like, ‘Wait a minute.’ We were trying to buy coffee and someone sold us tea. This is the complete opposite of what we were told the show was going to be about.”
She also called the other women “jealous and bitter.” If you’re not familiar with Basketball Wives, Gloria Govan is Matt Barnes‘ fiance and she’s the only woman on the show who appears to be in a functional relationship. The other women call Govan naive because she says she believes that Barnes is 100% faithful to her but fidelity is sadly not the norm in the NBA world. That may be true but it doesn’t mean that Govan is naive for choosing to have a positive outlook on her relationship.
Govan also briefly touched on the rumors that her sister (who is engaged to Gilbert Arenas) had an affair with Shaq while he was still married to Shaunie O’Neal. She said that it isn’t true and that she doesn’t entertain rumors because her main focus is breaking stereotypes about athlete’s wives:
“I hope people take away from [Basketball Wives] that although we are very fortunate, we’re not all gold diggers and some of us are educated. It’s not all glam and glitz like what’s portrayed, and we do struggle,” Govan tells VIBE. “Basketball wives are strong and we try to bring something to the table.”
Govan wanting to be a positive role model is commendable, but on the show it seems that she never really wanted to give the other women a chance from the beginning.
What do you think? Is she being naive about her fiance’s fidelity? Despite having valid points about wanting to break stereotypes, does she still need to lighten up when it comes to the other women?