The “Basketball Wives” drama has escalated over the past weeks — and not just on the Season 4 episodes. Jennifer Williams’ lawsuit over her on-screen assault, Shaunie O’neal’s movie announcement and a boycott of Evelyn Lozada’s new spinoff have kept the cast in the headlines.
Variety is reporting that Fox Searchlight has picked up a film project from Shaunie O’neal and Tracey Edmonds, and the plot sounds quite familiar: “Drawing loosely from the lives of O’Neal and some of her friends, the Searchlight project centers around a young woman who follows her boyfriend to Miami after he gets drafted into the NBA. Thrust into the world of professional sports, she meets the other players’ wives and learns from their trials and tribulations.”
The film will be fictional, but “Basketball Wives” fans will certainly expect to see some drinks and punches thrown.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Williams is pushing back from her “Basketball Wives” days — in a big way. After she was involved in a vicious slap altercation with Evelyn Lozada’s assistant (Nia Crooks) in Episode 10, Williams filed a lawsuit against Crooks for assault and battery. According to TMZ, VH1 may be planning their own legal action against Williams, on account that she breached her contract by suing and publicly blasting the series.
Speaking of Evelyn Lozada, an Change.org petition to ban “Ev and Ocho,” her upcoming wedding spin-off with fiance Chad Ochocinco has received nearly 20,000 signatures. The boycott is aimed at both VH1 and “Basketball Wives” sponsors.
The creator of the boycott states that it isn’t a direct hate petition against Lozada, but that “the violence on ‘Basketball Wives’ is horrible and disgraceful. Physical assaults, threats, verbal abuse, and harassment. VH1 is rewarding this behavior by giving Evelyn a spinoff. Don’t reward negative behavior.”
With all the madness making daily headlines, who needs to wait for Monday nights? Will you be watching the “Basketball Wives” season finale on May 14?