VH1’s Baskeball Wives won’t feature Miami Heat players’ girlfriends: “we changed our minds”

Last week, VH1 announced a new series Basketball Wives that will provide “a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of a professional basketball player’s wife,” and said that the cast included executive producer Shaune O’Neal (Shaquille O’Neal’s wife) in addition to “Jennifer Williams (wife of Eric Williams), Evelyn Lozada (ex-fiance of Antoine Walker), Mesha O’Neal (wife of Jermaine O’Neal), Royce Reed, [and] Faith Rain (Udonis Haslem’s girlfriend).”

But at least one of those women is out, according to her boyfriend, and another not listed in VH1’s announcement isn’t in, either, as Miami Heat players Udonis Haslem and Dorell Wright said their significant others won’t be participating.

Haslem told the Miami Herald, “We changed our minds. It had nothing to do with me anyway. It was about her. With her being my partner, I support everything she does, just like she supports me. But it was just my standpoint that I don’t like reality TV. I don’t Twitter. I don’t Facebook. I don’t MySpace. I don’t get involved in none of that stuff. I expressed that, and she decided not to do it.”

Wright told the paper, “There was no way we were going to be doing something like that. No way.” His girlfriend’s name isn’t listed in the press release; earlier, a VH1 spokesperson wouldn’t say why, telling the paper, “You’ll have to watch the show to find out.”

VH1 Gets in the Game with ‘Basketball Wives’ [VH1 press release]
Reality TV doesn’t excite Miami Heat players [Miami Herald]

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