We were backstage at the Basketball Wives Season 2 Reunion, and spoke individually with all of the ladies. Their best quotes are compiled in our She Said/She Said behind-the-scenes post, but we’re also offering extended versions of the conducted interviews.
Below, Gloria Govan discusses her reason for showing up to this reunion, her lack of an agenda where drama is concerned and the difference between a domestic dispute and domestic violence.
How do you feel about being here?
I'm kind of just excited to see what everybody's going to say and what's going to happen. I still haven't seen the last reunion show, but I heard there was a lot of water splashing.
Yes, and lots of Gloria talk.
Yes, I know. I trademarked “That's what's up” because of them.
You did? That's really funny.
Isn't that crazy?
Where is your head coming into this reunion, though? Are you defensive? You seem more amused by everything.
I am! It’s actually kind of flattering that people spend that much time wanting to know what's going on in my relationship and life. I'm like, wow, I'm kind of important. I'm not really defensive about it. It’s more like, “Oh, that's really nice of you. Thanks, that's cool.” I don't think these women are worth me getting crazy about, and losing who I am. They're not worth me becoming ignorant over. So I'll stay classy, I'll laugh a lot.
Is there any sense of unfinished business on your end?
I don't think so. I'm interested to see who has what to say. I'm kind of interested to see what Jen has to say, even if Evelyn has to throw in her own 2 cents. I haven't met any of the other, the new ones. I've never met Tami. I actually don't even know what the other women's names are.
Are you still cool with Suzie?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We're still cool.
Why come at all today?
Why not? I'm here, I'm in LA, don't really have anything else to do. I think people have a lot to say when you're not there, and I'm kind of interested and excited to see what they say when I am, you know?
Looking back on the big restaurant ambush, what are your thoughts?
I loved it.
Oh, you should ask Suzie – “ I was so excited. She kept kicking me under the table: “Come on, let's go!” I was like, “Uh uh, I got this.” Oh, I was juiced. Like, when I saw them come in, my first thought was: bring it.
What did you think about your arc on this season in general? It was kind of reduced, obviously.
I still haven't seen…
Oh, that's right — you don’t watch the show.
Never. First season, this season. No one in my house is allowed to turn it on. For one thing, it's hard to see yourself on TV. You're like, “Damn, the camera really does add 10 lbs., that's kind of disrespectful.” Watching it just automatically gets you frustrated because you're like, “That's not what I said,” or, “Why'd they cut that part out? Dang, that's great editing right there.” But being reduced to a much smaller role in the season didn't bother me. I have other things going on. I did what I could do.
There was a period last summer when you and Matt were in the news a lot. That hasn't happened in a while. Have things calmed down?
Yeah, absolutely. In relationships there's ups, there's downs, you plateau. Especially with the kids it's a roller coaster – “ an emotional roller coaster. People argue. There was a domestic dispute; there was no violence. Just in the small community where Matt's from, people jumped on it.
But how about those visible scratches in his mug shot?
Oh, you know, in a dispute, you might get a little heated (laughs). It might just a little: listen, let me just put you in your place real quick.
That doesn't count as violence?
It wasn't at the point where I was in the hospital. If people really looked at the outcome of that, charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and no other reason. So, just given that alone, obviously people blew things out of proportion.
Once you have that kind of a mark on your public record, it’s a tough thing to shake, though, even if the charges are dropped.
It's unfortunate because I think given the career Matt's in, so many players have had to deal with that, that they're a little bit more forgiving to be like, “And, moving on, main focus: basketball.” But Matt personally was upset that he was going to be branded with that kind of stigma. He's worked very hard to make sure that people know that he may be aggressive on court, but off court he's A.) a great fiancÃ© and B.) a fabulous father.
I saw that you joined Twitter.
And all that s*** I was talking, and now I'm on Twitter. Go figure, that's fine, I'm over it.
But that's kind of how that happens with you, though. You said you wouldn't be back for Season 2 and there you were.
There are some things where I just put my foot in my mouth way too much, that I should probably just be like, “Let me just think about that.” I've learned very quickly now not to say “never.”
Our full Basketball Wives Season 2 reunion coverage
Behind The Scenes Of The Basketball Wives Season 2 Reunion In Pictures
Behind The Scenes Of The Basketball Wives Season 2 Reunion – She Said/She Said
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Suzie Ketcham
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Ashley Walker
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Jennifer Williams
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Evelyn Lozada
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Tami Roman
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Royce Reed
Basketball Wives 2 Reunion Interview – Shaunie O’Neal