Tuesday, October 4, 2011
News: Shaunie O'Neal Sets The Record Straight
Kimsha Artest allegedly posted a facebook message blasting Shaunie for excluding her from scenes on the current season of Basketball Wives LA. Kimsha Artest was introduced during the first episode and hasn’t been shown since which led fans of the show to believe she was kicked off, along with Tanya Williams. Later in the week, there were bizarre rumors that Kimsha and Shaunie fought followed by Ron Artest posting to his twitter that Kimsha’s facebook page is fake and she never had a problem with Shaunie, VH1 or the show. He further explained that she wasn’t shown as much on the show because she’s not into all of the drama.
Shaunie O’Neal recently sat down with Madame Noire and set the record straight regarding Kimisha and their alleged fight, Shaunie also makes it clear that ‘Basketball Wives’ LA is strictly business and that she had no say in who should be a part of the show and who couldn’t be. She also took that time to clear up rumors concerning her stirring up drama for ratings and dished the dirt on what to expect from Basketball Wives Miami Season 4.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
On misconceptions people have of Shaunie
"People think that I start all the drama and sit back and watch it unfold. So not true, the ladies on the show would say drama is the one thing I want to stay away from, on the and off the show. If I can stop some drama or deal with issues by just talking about it, that’s more like me, lets just talk about it like two adults.
On not putting her personal business out there
"I can talk about Shaq all day long, I don’t have a gag order, and he can talk about me. I would never speak bad about him and he would never speak bad about me. But we’re parents first and it’s all about our children. There’s really nothing to talk about. You ask about him and I’ll answer it because I can and he can do the same."
"We’ve never met, so there is no relationship. I’ve met Ron Artest before a couple times, but never Kimsha, ever. I can’t say anything about her because I don’t know her.
I don’t know how you fight someone that you’ve never met nor talked to. We’ve never been in the same place at the same time that I know of. And I would never ever fight somebody, I guess you’d have to meet them first to do that, and that’s never happened. So, I really don’t know where all that came from. It’s funny though, because she took a jab at Jen over her Facebook and Jen has never met or talked to her either, so we were clueless where it all came from. So I’ve brushed it off like ‘oh well, whatever’.
You know, I was out last night and many people saw me. I will be traveling this weekend; I have appearances in Houston and Dallas. And clearly I have not been in any altercation. It would have to be the ghost of Kimsha that I have yet to meet."
On Kimisha being cut from Basketball Wives LA
"Well yeah, last I knew, she’s still on the show. I’m honestly very hands off with Basketball Wives L.A. I did not cast, nor did I care to cast and I could care less who’s on the show. When they were casting,I was very very hands off. LA was already cast by the time I heard the line up and we were still filming in Miami. Miami is my baby, it’s my focus."
On what we can except from season 4 of ‘Basketball Wives Miami’
"We are going to be in different locations this season. We’re trying something new. We’re going to spend about six weeks in New York and film there for a while. We’re going to go to Miami, and I think we’re going to try and spend a few weeks here in LA."
On what she would like to have seen more of on the last three season of ‘Basketball Wives’ Miami’
"I would have liked to have seen different situations handled better. I would have liked nobody to put their hands on each other. It’s natural to disagree and have an argument though. I would like to see everybody’s philanthropic events showed too. They’ve been filmed but they’re overlooked and overpowered by the drama, because you know people like the drama. I’m pushing that for season four."
So do you believe her?