We’ve had enough time to recover from the season finale of Basketball Wives and really get our thoughts in order. And while there was a whole lot of wrong going on with the NBA/NFL-affiliated women, there was one thing in particular that really irked us.
Aside from the obvious drama between Evelyn and Tami, the flying cigarette butts and the tugging of hair- there was one woman who stood out. And it wasn’t for what she said or did; it was for what she didn’t
Through the cackling, the fights and the arguments there has been one consistent factor in all the ladies disputes and that is: Shaunie. With all her mediating and interventions, the queen bee is really channeling her inner Condeleeza.
We get that Shaq’s ex-wive is gaining off the show by being the herder for he VH1 reality show, but what we don’t get is why she didn’t stick with casting and then step aside. For the spotlight that she gets on the show, Shaunie has more than anything played the role of the woman who gets under our skin the most- the faux diplomat.
Sure, it may seem wrong to point out this one flaw in a cast that included cheaters, schemers and just plain wrong. But while all those women are carried to task for their issues, Shaunie should be called out for hers: she is straddling the fence and needs to hop over.
While Tami probably should have gone easy on the swinging, we get why she was upset. Funny enough, Shaunie would too. Remember the rumors about an affair between her ex-husband Shaq having an affair with Gloria’s sister? We do- we remember seeing how years after the fact, the hurt was ripping her to shreds. But yet, watching another woman deal with learning of similar news, Shaunie’s only contribution was a quiet line: “They may not know what you’re going through, but I do.”
Seeing Shaunie wedge herself in between ragecage Tami and firecracker Evelyn, reminds us that girl. You know the one: the girlfriend who is quick to nod along to both sides, encourages ‘finding the middle ground,’ and slow to give any hint of who she personally supports or doesn’t. She is all things to all people- a jack of all trades in managing sisterly love.
We’ve seen sister diplomats maneuver their way through years of friendship, priding themselves on “trying to do what’s best for everyone.” But friends who leave us in landmines and tip-toe their way out- we don’t need them on our team.
So, season summary: Faux diplomats make flighty friends- forget the sister who’s everybody’s friend and know the ones that are yours.