Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  33 responses

Shaq Doesn’t Want His Name in ‘Basketball Wives’

According to TMZ, O’Neal’s lawyers have informed his ex-wife that she better not utter his name on her terrible new reality TV show: “Shaq’s lawyer has fired off a letter to the network — obtained by TMZ — in which he demands VH1 immediately halt production on ‘any further episodes of ‘Basketball Wives’ which make any reference to Mr. O’Neal.’ Shaq’s lawyer claims Shaunie signed a confidentiality agreement at some point in their relationship — so if she says anything about Shaq on TV, she and the production company will find their asses in court. The first episode of the show already ran last week and show #2 — which reportedly features a scene centered around Shaunie’s relationship with Shaq  — is scheduled to run Sunday. Sources close to the show tell us it’s unclear whether or not the next episode will make air.”

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  • lupe the dupe

    wack as hell

  • Michael Scorn

    The sense of entitlement by these basketball wives amazes me.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    who are the mouth-breathers keeping all these reality shows centered entirely on trashy jump offs of ballers/entertainers on the air? Whats worse, a groupie with loose morals(not Shaunie, specically), or all the ugly b!tches who cant wait to hear what she has to say?

  • NDP

    I love the fact that the women parade around as philanthropists or people with actual talent or careers.

    They met these guys in clubs, or in Shaunie’s case, as a waitress….and can thank them for everything they’ve ever experienced.

  • JoeMaMa

    The saddest part of this story is that Shaq used Agent Zero’s stationary to write the letter.

  • Jay

    Slam, I love your website, but I have been beginning to notice that you guys are super late on a lot of stories. I didn’t notice it before because I was dedicated to Slam and didn’t read anything else. Latley, ill ask my co worker if heard about any particular story adn he’ll say yeah, two days ago on Dime or TMZ…C’mon Slam, SMH

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    hahahahahahahahahaha @ “dime or TMZ”

  • KulchaKris

    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Vashaundya (or however her real name is spelt) cheat on her man/first husband with Shaq? I hate to generalize, but I’m pretty certain all the women on this show are no-talent, publicity whores. I guess this is how you become famous in contemporary America (Hello Kim/Kourtney/Khloe Kardashian!).

  • Yesse

    This show probably sucks. Didnt Shaq give Shaunie money enough and she had to make her own show?

  • larrylegend

    Statler: This show is awful!
    Waldorf: Terrible!
    Statler: Disgusting!
    Waldorf: See you next week?
    Statler: Of course.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s funny how people are so upset at the women.
    Neither the women nor the players are shining role models.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    B!tch, make me a sandwhich

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    True that, Allenp. And the worse offender in my eyes is reality TV itself. American lives must be so empty to find their entertainment in such crap.

  • riggs

    it sure is cheryl *watches jerry springer*

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  • rob

    She can use “Snaq O’ Meal” instead.

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    Let’s throw out all “who hurt who” here… who knows what the players did to their ex-wives… who knows if they did nothing and these girls are just parading around on TV for no reason…
    what’s real here, is that if she DID sign a confidentiality agreement, even remotely, she is in a position to lose a LOTTA money she took outta that divorce settlement. For real.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think it’s bogus. Shaunie was in Essence talking about their marriage, we didn’t hear about her getting served.
    If the agreement was that ironclad, Shaq could have acted when she was doing all the promos and other stuff.
    Either it’s ironclad and he was being petty, or it’s bogus and he’s being petty. Either way, he appears to be petty.
    I just have a problem with a show called “Basketball Wives” where only maybe one chick is married. That doesn’t compute.

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    Allenp: I have a problem with the entire ordeal. I’m not one of those people who thinks these women are all gold diggin’ sk*nks who just drain the blood of celebrities to get their lifestyle… I think there’s a lot that goes on both ways.
    but the promos I’ve seen are pretty much victimizing the women, “oh it’s so hard being a basketball wife with all the cheating and distance!”
    What about all the basketball wives who are happy? Do they get on the show?
    Could you imagine if Shaq made a show, “all these blood suckin’ h0es be tryin’ to take mah money” or something to that effect? He’d get KILLED by portraying himself as the victim. Must be the money.
    Also, I do think it’s ironclad and Shaq is being petty. I mean… I know I just defended Shaq with everything else I said, but the dude sort of seems like a d-wad!

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    You know, lemme take that back… it’s probably NOT ironclad, but there probably was some writing somewhere which talked about what she could and could not say… he saw the promo, went to his lawyer, and the lawyer said “you know, this’ll work, we can twist this”
    All hypotheticals, but a lot of law nowadays seems to be a lot of gray, and not “ironclad or bogus” as you put it.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    Shaq needs to talk to D12 and how he shut up his Ex, cuz his baby momma is on the show and she cant reference him at all. I dont like the idea of these women dragging their business through the mud even after they mad major money of their players, and ya’ll know they got no talent,

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    All these chicks have talents. Some are talents we might respect, others are talents we might not.
    Dwight Howard did shut his baby momma down, and she seems to be a walking cliche.
    Shaq is too guilty to get all sanctimonious.

  • Diesel

    @Cheryl – I think what’s bothering folks, or me at least, is that as shady as the players are, they earned their own money by having a talent. These women are glorified groupies whose accomplishments in life are 100% defined by who they slept with. Nothing they have was earned on their own. I have no interest in watching a show about two ladies, who probably would have been working at the DMV had they not slept with a NBA star, meeting up for brunch to talk about shoes…

  • Diesel

    @Allen – they most likely don’t have talents that would have landed them the same fame and riches that they currently have.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And… cue the misogynistic bullsh!t. Hey, if that makes you feel macho, go for it. SMH.

  • Shem

    Guess the show is gone, your not a basketball wife anymore..

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    @larrylegend: Yup, just about sums it up.

  • Diesel

    Teddy – I’m not seeing what’s misgonistic about my comments. I think its a fact that these women wouldn’t be millionaires had they not married these guys. Look up their names and see what their jobs were before they met their NBA husbands. No woman hating going on…just stating facts. You keep fighting the good fight though.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    C’mon guys, it’s not like the players are rocket scientists either. i mean, they have perfected shooting a pebbled ball in to a basket and are paid more money than they should to do it. But we buy the tickets, the shoes, and the other gear, so I ain’t hating on them. I’m just saying y’all acting like the guys are really contributing something useful to society and that’s why they’re making their millions and the ladies they decide to marry/have babies with/etc. and useless human beings. Seems a little misogynistic to me.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    And again I say, don’t watch the show. Poor ratings will surely put an end to the ridiculousness.

  • Diesel

    Cheryl, I agree they’re overpaid for it, but regardless…they’re earning their own money. They spent the time to perfect their game and now their getting paid for it. Now these few women (not the norm by any means) think they’re entitled to whatever they want for the rest of their lives because they slept with the dude for a few months? Call it what you want. If hating people like that, that just leech on to other people’s success, is misogynistic then I guess I’m the poster boy for woman-hating.

  • Sparty’s Law

    You can’t make a ho a housewife.

  • chintao

    As horrible as it is, they call it “REALITY” TV for a reason. This is who we are. I hope we can change, but I doubt we ever will.