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NeNe Leakes Speaks Out Against Basketball Wives Violence

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It’s Gone Way Too Far

During an interview with Vibe Magazine, Real Housewives of Atlanta star spoke about the violence on VH1′s hit show Basketball Wives.

I don’t know if you’ve been keeping track of Basketball Wives. Our current cover features some reality stars. What’s your take on whether it’s gotten out of hand? You mentioned that we always need drama. But the physical fighting, some people have said it’s gone too far.
It’s gone way too far. The truth is the truth. It has just gone too far. Too many fights, my G-d! I can see if there was one here or there. And I always say to people when they say something about reality, you can say whatever y’all want about reality TV, Atlanta Housewives, we don’t do that. We definitely have had our verbal fights, but never physical fights. I can’t believe the fighting and the bullying. It looks bad. It really looks bad. I don’t like when people say it affects Black women or the Black community. I think it affects all communities. I think it looks bad on women; it looks bad on everybody. It’s just so sad; it’s so crazy to me. When I look at it, I just can’t believe it. And, you know, I’m friends with Jennifer [Williams] and she’s on Basketball Wives. I can’t believe it. I almost, you know when I watch, I’m like, “How much do they paid?” [Laughs] My goodness. And then I think about—they can’t want to do too much in their careers. A good ole argument, everybody likes that every now and then to tune into, but you couldn’t be trying to have too much in your career because that stuff, it don’t work. You can’t represent a product and be that way. That just doesn’t work. That’s one of the reasons when I’m sitting on my show, I’m thinking I’m just tired. Because at some point this can’t even help my future. You know, you would want to think that it would help your future.

Evelyn Lozada did apologize for some of her actions on the show. So it seems like there’s some growth happening.
I don’t know if apologizing is going to work. Now, apologizing is always a great thing to do. You need to say I’m sorry or whatever the case, but I don’t know how good that’s gon’ work because in this case, it’s sort of like the damage is already done. It’s great to go back and say, “I’m sorry and I learned from the mistake.” But the damage is done and people saw it. They saw it. It’s a matter of if the viewers will forgive you. TV is tricky. You can do some stuff and people will tune out and never tune back in. It’s sort of like putting a bad taste in somebody’s mouth. Some people may not ever tune in again. And then there’s some people that will tune in just to tune in and see what’s gon’ happen. But still, you could’ve damaged your career. The person that was looking at you to do something, they may not want to use you now. I can’t take it.



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  • Apple
    I LIKE JEN & YOU’RE RIGHT NENE, IT’S SOOOOO UNATTRACTIVE! I DON’T LIKE BULLIES! 
  • Brendamiller
    Nene is right i will not be watching the show again and i was a Fan but not all that Violent Tammi show her True colors when she took the Puese she would of went to Jail if it was mine. Just thuink if that was done to one her her Daughters get real Tammi  you are nothing but a damn Big ass bully you are such and Ugly person inside and out that is what I think of you. They need to remove of you so call /woman and let Kesiha and Keena and get rid of the rest.They are to old and all they do is eat eat eat. Susie needs her ass whipped and Shaunie and Evenyln so damn scared of Tammi thats why nothing was said Friends don’t let friends do that i don’t care who you are…None of these woman are marriage to a ball player isn’t this what its all about Husband and wife what damn and wife get real woman on that re marriage to players that are Loyal to their woman not like Evenyln so called marriage i don’t look for it to happen no kids done back out of that.. But they n
  • Suchaprettyprincess
    But wasn’t Nene the one who physically attacked Kim Z? Twice? In one season?
    • SugarCookie
      NeNe Leakes..U have displayed some of the very same actions as the BBall wives on HWOFATL…So that makes U the pot talking about the kettle…#soshutthats**tdown!!!
  • guest80
    When NeNe Leaks says it’s too much, It’s TOO DAMN MUCH! wow.
  • TootiePop1
    Well said1NeNe……my thing is everytime u watch it was damage and no self control over petty high school issue…..Ge said She said……I feel sorry for Shaunie trying to bring class and these girls destroying what she worked hard to put together…….drinking and fighting is never a good thing……no judgement but its been time to grow up……don’t wait until u get tweeted on ur behavior or on Wendy Williams show to crocodile crying ur excuses…..don’t try to show ppl u change….just do it!!!
  • http://twitter.com/DaRealRisky Readem&slayem
    So true! I love nene 4 her honesty…she’s right (as always)….they remind me of highschool bullies on that show..It’s even more sad when u realize these bitter old women have kids & females at that! the apple never falls far from the tree so i would not be surprise if they daughters be acting the same way they do..I hate the show now,Tammi went from real & straight up to kissing evelyn ass and shaunie has no kind of backbone she is pathetic…My favs of the show is jen & royce & hopefully they get they ass off that show & move on to bigger & better things….I feel sorry for who ever invests in evelyn & tammi ghetto bitter jealous asses
    • Juiceey
       Risky, I agree with you. I use to love the show now I can not stand it. Tami is a damn bully straight up and they are all so damn hypocritical. I like Jenn and Royce only. Somebody need to punch Susie in the damn face, all she do is run her ugly ass mouth.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000418984183 Ceramo Maximus
    Two of the most worthless answers & reactions I’ve ever heard in my life.  She sitting up there on the latest reunion straight up talking about everyone & fighting in a ratchet ass way.  Doing all of that shit talking; but won’t let no one else get a word in & trying to say that violence is going too far.  Nope; I was a bully back in the day & the worst kind of a bully is a verbal one.  Harming someone mentally will definitely harm them & hinder their growth as a person.  The mind is a terrible thing to waste & it seems to me; why I didn’t watch RHOA until the latest season is that, I didn’t want to have to see NeNe Leakes with her dumb ass.  Always being judgmental & contradicting; bullying her cast mates & looking like a train wreck in the process.  Superficial isn’t a good look; I don’t even like Evelyn Hoezada but at least she keeps it at most a sixty.  NeNe keeps it at most a three.  She needs to work on that…
  • ZAKERY
    YEAH NENE IT’S GOOD TO TALK ABOUT WHATS GOING ON IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SITUATION BUT WHEN YOU WERE ON RHOA YOU WERE A BITCH IN GASOLINE PANTIES. SO IT WOULD BE WISE TO NOT COMMENT ON A SITUATION THAT DON’T CONCERN YOU. YOU REPRESENT BOOGIE.
  • Stenicha
    NeNe please!!! Saying sorry/apologising is the biggest and only way to go about trying to mend a situation. EVERYONE has done something bad and saying sorry and owning up to your wrong is ten times better than running away from it.  You only saying that about Ev because you and Jen are cool!! Ev’s making a name for herself and doing a good job at it, particularly because of the drama she cost.  Even though she may blow off the handle she still keeps it real and I can respect her for that!!  She gats more say than Jen on the show now anyway so clearly she is doin something right!  Jen needs to apologize and stop being jealous because that is clearly what it all boils down too.  If she was Ev’s real friend even if she felt that way about Chad she would not say anything and especially not have an entire interview about it.  The amount of years she and Ev have been friends should have trumped that interview the first and second time.  Now Naya is just stupid for getting involved and totally wrong for slapping Jen!!  What did she expect from Jen? Friendships dwindle all the time and clearly with the beef Jen and Ev was having with her working for Ev, why would Jen even try to be her bestie at the time?  She needs a law suit and a make over if you ask me.  Evelyn please help Naya with her look cus she is your assistant and she is A COMPLETE HOT MESS!!!  Jen please buy Naya a make over instead of new locks cus clearly you aint about to use those keys anytime soon.  
  • Stenicha
    Tami I hope you read this…You are a food stamp using ghetto fabulous bully!!!!  You talk crap about Keisha talking about you when that was so far from the truth.  Evelyn even know you wrong which is why she was crying about the whole situation but she don’t want  you to turn on her again which is probably why she didnt say anything to you Keisha was never talking about you but about the situation…..dummy!!!!!  Ofcourse she is gonna talk about what happened to someone don’t be stupid all of you do it.  And if someone talks about you that is too damn bad!!!! Doesnt give you the right to demand anything from them !!! Freedom of speech remember!!!! SMH at you!! You probably the oldest on the show and act the worst!!  Its because you ghetto I know you can’t help it.  You can take the person out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the person!!!  I almost feel sorry for you dear!! If it was my bad I was going straight to the cops on your ass!!! Because you did steal that girls bag and going through it like the ghetto fabulous person you are.  Who does that??? And on national television at that!!!  Leave the ghetto mentality at home please don’t forget you have two daughters!!!
  • Honeydoo
    Please Nene…you bullied Kim and threatened her on the bus a few seasons back. And remember when you and Sheree pulled Kim’s wig? You guys stopped short of smacking the girl, but damn…this is POT, KETTLE, BLACK!!!
    • Fondanesbitt
      Sheree pulled Kim’s wig not Nene,and nobody bullies Kim.Kim talks as much shi$$ as Nene.Ibelieve you just don’t like Nene…..Nene is right arguing is one thing but bulling and hitting is another thing.
  • Adriankafo
    NeNe, You go girl, This show the Basketball Wives has gives nothing back to young females but to show them how Ghetto and just bitter that they can treat one another.  To all my sisters out there please treat each other with a littler more Respect…………..And for that young woman Evelyn…she is just to pretty to have such a bad and nasty mouth…
  • Lizzy
    True that Nene, it was def too much bullying esp on Jen. Evlyn cud hv felt hurt by Jen blog and all, but thr ways to go bout it… dn violence. And Shaunie, a bit confused on her stand on all dese. She really shud watch RHOA and odas to see how ey handle issues. 
  • The Mrs….
    my goodness this is the pot calling the kettle black…..at least she now realizes how RIDICULOUS she looks when she does it as well, sheesh…..
  • NINAG35
     NENE  HAS GROWN A LOT I MUST GIVE IT TO HER