Basketball Wives: Shaunie O'Neal Plays Role as Peacemaker Once Again in Season 3
Basketball Wives' Shaunie O'Neal Tries to Keep Things Sane in Season 3
It's not easy to be in charge of a reality TV show that features violent confrontations, lunacy, backstabbing and cat fights.
Just ask Shaunie O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neals ex-wife who's executive producer of Basketball Wives.
This season, O'Neal, who also stars as a cast member, will once again play her best peacemaker, particularly in the case of Chad Ochocinco's fiance, Evelyn Lozada, and Kenny Anderson's ex, Tami Roman.
Lozada and Roman got into a confrontation in which punches were thrown in last season's finale.
Season 3, which kicks off tonight, features a new cast member, Meeka Claxton, the wife of retired point guard Speedy Claxton.
A real estate agent with business experience, it's going to be interesting how Meeka stacks up to the rest of the competition and if she can hold her own against her sometimes-vicious foes.
It will once again be O'Neal's job to make sure things don't get out of hand. The initiation of a rookie on Basketball Wives is similar to the initiation of a rookie player in professional sports. They have to put up with a lot of crap from the veterans, but stay level-headed and prove themselves.
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Perhaps the drama that takes place on Basketball Wives is simply a result of being close (or having being close) to a professional athlete.
Said O'Neal, via ESPN:
Honestly, it takes a lot. Some thick skin and real support coming from both sides. I think that becomes very important, especially when the wife has an identity and wants to do things on her own.
And if there's one thing the contestants on the highly-popular show have it's an identity, sometimes one that becomes too big.
Good luck Shaunie, you're going to need it this season.
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