Jennifer Williams may have been absent from this season’s Basketball Wives reunion, but she still has plenty to say. In a new interview with The Breakfast Club, the reality star vents about her experience returning to the VH1 hit, why she skipped out on the reunion and calls out executive producer and co-star, Shaunie O’Neal.
Williams claims she notified the show’s production crew in advance that she wouldn’t be attending but awoke to staff members outside of her home the day of anyway. She reiterated to the crew that she did not feel comfortable attending the reunion, and though they offered to provide extra security, she still declined. Safety was a major concern for Williams because a number of castmates are currently at odds with her, including O’Neal, Tami Roman, Malaysia Pargo, Cece Gutierrez and former best friend Evelyn Lozada.
The beginning of the end for WIlliams came when Roman revealed she spread a rumor that Lozada slept with O’Neal’s ex, Shaquille O’Neal. Williams now claims the “Bonnet Chronicles” star brought the rumor to the table at a time when they both couldn’t stand Lozada.
“Tami and I ended up getting cool talking, catching up. Tami was revealing a lot of things that Evelyn allegedly was doing and I was like, ‘Wow, it’s been so long why is this still happening?’ I feel like Tami felt a way because I let the whole sh*t with Evelyn go, and I think she was upset about that because that was not the plan.”
She then claims Roman said, “’Listen, we need to take her [Evelyn] down…’ At the time, I was down with it because all of things I was hearing that she was doing.”
The things she heard included that Lozada secretly orchestrated her fight with Nia Crooks from Season Four.
Williams went on to say show creator O’Neal isn’t as innocent as she seems, stirring up trouble off camera.
“She starts a lot of bullsh*t behind the scenes. … It’s really interesting that Shaunie has selective memory. She couldn’t seem to remember if Tami had said those things, which had happened. … She never wants to be in the middle of everything.”
Williams also denies O’Neal and Pargo’s accusations that she spoke negatively about Lozada’s daughter, Shaniece.
“If I allegedly said this five years ago and this is your girl, why are you just now bringing this up?”
As far as Pargo throwing a table at her during the season finale, she had this to say:
“I’m thinking am I going to have to fight this big b*tch….You’re trying to show your son certain things (referring to the episode when she takes her son to meet a police officer), but yet and still you go and throw a table?”
Pargo missed but hit a security guard who was “all bloody” after the incident.
Check out the full interview below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.