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Judge cites twitter in saying Arenas’ ex can go on “Basketball Wives”

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Gilbert Arenas’ twitter account got him in some trouble again.

Arenas had sued trying to stop a former fiancé Laura Govan from going on VH1’s new series “Basketball Wives L.A.” which debuts next week. Maybe the most amazing thing to me is that show did well enough to get a spin-off. Who is watching that crap?

But we digress. A judge shot down Arenas’ attempt to keep Govan from appearing on the show and mentioning his name, and did so in a way that essentially called Arenas’ complaint frivolous, reports the Hollywood Reporter, quoting the judge’s ruling.

“On the record currently before the Court, it appears that any references in BWLA to Arenas will be incidental to the show’s plot as a whole. At its core, the show is about the women who have or have had relationships with basketball players rather than the players themselves. Thus, the show appears to be transformative….

“Arenas suggests that any discussion of his family life is not sufficiently related to his celebrity to render BWLA’s use of his identity a matter of public concern. This contention is belied by the tens of thousands of Twitter users who follow Arenas as he tweets about a variety of mundane occurrences.”

I don’t find Arenas’ twitter account mundane. In bad taste, at times you bet. But not mundane.

Govan has a flair for the dramatic — she had Arenas served with papers at halftime of a game — so she seems a fit for the show.

So if you want to watch Govan talk Arenas, tune into VH1 next week. Why you would do that, I have no idea, but this is a free country. Do what you will.

Bosh’s ex drags him into court over “Basketball Wives”

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One of these days I’ll have to watch an episode of “Basketball Wives” on VH1 to see what people are talking about. Right after I finish my lifelong dream of building the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks.

The mother of Chris Bosh’s child really wants to be on that show and enjoy all the perks of being a reality show star, so much so she is taking the Heat star to court for the chance, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Allison Mathis, Bosh’s ex-girlfriend, claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Orange County Circuit Court that Bosh “intentionally, knowingly, maliciously and without justification interfered” in her employment, prompting the television show’s production company to fire her.

In early May, Bosh sued Mathis and Shed Media, the show’s production company, alleging that they were trying to exploit her former relationship with Bosh for “commercial gain.”

Jane E. Carey, Mathis’ attorney, released a statement that read: “Ms. Mathis was employed to appear on this season of the reality TV series “Basketball Wives.” Chris Bosh is using his vast money and all of the power that comes from his wealth and celebrity to silence her.”

The timing right after the finals — where Bosh acquitted himself well — is no accident. Bosh broke down in tears after the Game 6 loss and that plus how he handled himself at his post game made him seem more sympathetic and humanized him.

Bosh is not alone in his desire to keep his baby mama off that show, Dwight Howard won a judgment against his because she spoke about their relationship on an episode.

Every time I write about that show, I feel like I need a shower. Maybe I won’t watch it.

Dwight Howard claims "Basketball Wives" star owes him $500 million


Thumbnail image for howard_Walk.jpgMan, I can’t wait for actual basketball games to begin…

Dwight Howard has filed papers in court in Florida claiming that Royce Reed — the mother if his child — violated a legal gag order not allowing her to speak to the media about their relationship, according to TMZ (via Ben Maller).

Reed was part of the cast of VH1’s Basketball Wives and has spoken to the media about Howard on other occasions. We have no idea what she said on that show because we’ve never watched it, but apparently some lawyers just made hundreds of dollars an hour to watch the episodes and track what she blurted out. (Not sure it’d be worth the money, frankly.)

Reed’s representative said the information came from legal documents and therefore she did not violate the agreement.

I’m now closing my eyes, sticking my fingers in my ears and humming show tunes to myself until training camps open so I don’t have to see any more of this.

Miami Heat tell players, their wives and girlfriends to stay away from VH1's "Basketball Wives."

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First the disclaimer: I have not watched Basketball Wives on VH1. Don’t plan to. Could not care less that the show exists. Just know I am not coming from a place of knowledge about the show.

However, I do find it interesting what a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Miami found out — the Heat have  banned WAGS (wives and girlfriends) of Heat players from being on the show, according to show star Suzie Ketcham.

The NBA hates it. I heard that the Miami Heat has put restrictions on the players and their wives: they are not allowed to do it. The wives are not allowed to be apart of the show at ALL. And I personally think that the entire NBA may put restrictions on any wife, girlfriend or player from being apart of the show. You know obviously, if the players are not allowed to do it, then they are NOT going to allow their women to do it.

I’m not sure if the NBA can actually ban people from the show, but then again you may not want to be the guy whose wife does it. For example, Matt Barnes.

What is interesting is the background about the show over at Sports By Brooks:

Ketchum’s boss and creator of the show’s original concept, Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal, apparently feels the same as the Heat do about the show.

O’Neal came up with the initial idea for the VH1 reality show, but it was to be centered on her and her husband at the time, Shaq. The theme of that show was no more than a public relations vehicle for the O’Neals and the NBA. But when the couple divorced, VH1 was suddenly left groping for a new concept Enter women like Ketchum, the ex-wife of (former NBA player Michael) Olowokandi.

So where is Shaunie O’Neal in all of this? Nowhere. She’s rarely seen on the show now and doesn’t participate in the production’s inane, staged bits.

Now I will go back to blissfully ignoring this show.

Shaq does not want his name used on "Basketball Wives"

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I’ll be honest: I didn’t watch the premiere of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” last weekend. I was going to, it was part of the job I told myself, but there was nothing about this that is remotely appealing. So when it came time, I thought a rerun of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America was the better reality television option. Probably was.

Apparently Shaquille O’Neal isn’t watching either. Not only that, he had his lawyers contact his ex-wife and show star Shaunie O’Neal to make sure his name was not even uttered on the show. Of course, TMZ got the scoop.

Shaq’s lawyer has fired off a letter to the network — obtained by TMZ — in which he demands VH1 immediately halt production on “any further episodes of ‘Basketball Wives’ which make any reference to Mr. O’Neal.”

Shaq’s lawyer claims Shaunie signed a confidentiality agreement at some point in their relationship — so if she says anything about Shaq on TV, she and the production company will find their asses in court.

Of course, one of the upcoming episodes was going to focus heavily on the pair’s relationship. What else has it got to sell?

Eric Freeman of The Baseline took one for the team and watched the premiere episode last weekend. His comments:

The conceit of the show is that Shaunie O’Neal, the long-time wife of Shaquille who recently filed for divorce, is looking to bring new basketball wives into her social circle, except no one involved acts like they’re particularly excited about hanging out with anyone else…

In contrast to the show’s title, most of the cast members are former fiancees or long-term girlfriends, not wives. Then there’s Royce (Dwight Howard’s baby mama, although that is never mentioned), a former dancer who has dated several players and exists only because she’s a free spirit (i.e. dances provocatively at nightclubs) who needs guidance from the wise older women.

Evelyn, ex of Antoine Walker: “Yeah, I had all these Louis Vuitton bags, but at the end of the day it didn’t mean anything, because he wasn’t there.” Change “Louis Vuitton bags” to “great seats,” and that quote could very easily come from any number of disgruntled fans.

Yup, the Gordon Ramsay call sounds pretty good now.