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, Suzie speaks out about how her water-throwing and subsequent arrest at last season’s reunion changed her outlook on life, why she’s over the conflict with Evelyn and why her appearance on the reunion is for people who’ve been bullied…
How do you feel about being here?
I didn't want to come!
I'm surprised you did , actually.
I am surprised that I am here, myself. I really didn't want to come because filming this season was misery. I was miserable, totally unhappy, I was bullied the whole entire time. I'm like, look: if I want to hang out with f***ing animals, I will go to the zoo. But at the same time, so many people had reached out to me and have given me support like, – We've been bullied,” or, “My kid has been bullied at school and we like the way you handled yourself. – There are so many people who are constantly bullied and harassed and they feel like s***. Some kids don't want to go to school; some people don't want to go to work. Then it gets to the point where there is a Columbine and they are like, “F*** it, we are just going to kill everybody,” or people go to the post office and just start shooting people up. It is a very serious problem! Bullying pushes people to kill themselves or just lose their head and go bananas. I am not saying that I am going to lose my mind on Basketball Wives and just start popping off on people, but I think I really empathized and feel with people now. I feel a lot of people's pain and what they are going through. It really was torture, but to have the show go on and see the reaction from people it was astounding! I couldn't believe the support I was getting from people. There were so many people who admired the way I handled myself during the show so if I didn’t attend the reunion, I would have let them down. They are the whole reason why I came. I didn't want to look like I am running or I am hiding or I am scared.
Do you feel like it looked like that when you would leave or not show up at certain events on account of Evelyn’s presence?
I was trying to avoid negativity. I hate negativity. There is already so much negative s*** in your life that you have to deal with, like all of sudden you find out that your father has cancer or someone's child got into some kind of accident. [The stuff on the show] is negativity that I can choose not to deal not to deal with. That's why I kept walking away from certain situations. Why am I going to make myself endure so much bulls***?
Is being here nerve-wracking at all?
It really was at first, but then I decided: I am just going to go. I hate all the cattiness the drama the fighting. I don't know what kind of person really wants to be around all that s***. I love my life to be sunshine all day and happy. But at the same time, it's a show. They really not my friends. I have a whole lot of great friends and great family that support me and those are the people that matter. You know tonight's going to come, tomorrow is going to come, and the sun is going to rise again and it is going to be over. It’s like, just get through and it and I am going to party my ass off tomorrow.
Have you been watching this season?
Not at all, not one episode. I actually stopped watching last season. I didn't even see the last reunion because I felt so horrible about what I did to Sandra with the water, throwing the bucket on her. When I was sitting in jail, it really made everything real. I was like, “What am I doing?” I am 31-years-old running around like that. What kind of role model am I to people? I have never thrown water on anybody. I feel like I got so caught up with being like, “Yeah, you came on with your water bottle I am going to get you back even worse.” So I got my bucket, chucked it on her and to hear that her son was there and he was crying watching her get wheeled out on a stretcher – ¦I have my own kids I can't even imagine my daughter dealing with that. That's traumatic and he may remember that for the rest of his life! I have mutual friends with Sandra and they said, “She is a really nice person. She might look lopsided with the triple D boobs and everything. She may be a little nuts, but she is a good person.” I realized Plastic Surgery is a human being. She has to live her life as the person who ate it on stage getting water thrown on her and I have to live with myself being the grown person who is throwing buckets of water on people. I hated that, I really felt horrible about myself.
Did you ever reach out to her to apologize to her?
I reached out to her several times through several different people. I said, “Look Sandra, I want to apologize to you. I am so sorry about what I did. It is really not me! Whatever I need to do to make things better let me know. If you want me to do it on camera I will do that.” I hope she comes to a point where she understands what I was going through and why I did it. If she never does, I think I will always feel bad about it. That's not me, I just got caught up in the excitement of TV.
That explains a lot about how you responded to the Evelyn situation, and why you didn't fight back. It sounds like your outlook changed between Season 1 and 2.
Exactly. If I was in my early 20’s, I would have been like, “Yeah, f*** this, f*** that,” but I am a big girl. At the end of the day when I die, I don't want people to be like, “Dude that's that crazy ass bitch, thank God she's dead! – I want people to be like, “She was a good person. She was giving. She was a true friend to people.” My father passed away four years ago and that really changed my life. It changed who I am and my perspective on everything. I was disappointed in myself and ashamed of myself when I thought about what I did to Sandra when I thought about my dad. So I am trying to figure myself, and throw water under the bridge. Literally water under the bridge! There will be no more water-throwing.
Is the story on TMZ about you not doing Season 3 absolutely true?
I have no idea who put that out there. Someone hit me on Twitter like, – Oh my God I am not going to watch the show if you're not on Season 3. I just read it on TMZ. – I was like, “TMZ?” I don't read blogs. I don't even watch the show so I didn't even know. I haven't made any decisions. Filming Season 2 was so hard for me. It was miserable so I don't know I would have to weigh the pros and cons, but it is not a definite no. I think I would definitely know how to handle things better. I have moved on with that whole Evelyn situation. I really don't care anymore. It's actually boring to me when people try to talk to me about it — I am like, “Ugh, f***ing here we go again. – They really weren't my real friends. I have real friends that I still have from kindergarten.
Evelyn was more of a party friend right?
I didn’t even know her for a year [when the show started]. She was really just a person on the show. The thing is, I have a lot of great people in my life: family, people who will do anything for me. That really puts everything in perspective. Those are the people who I don't need in my life — too much negativity.
Obviously that goes for Evelyn, but does that go for Jen and Shaunie as well?
I think Jen is right there with Evelyn. I liked Jen, but she is going to be Evelyn’s sidekick and do whatever Evelyn wants her to do. Shaunie, I have so much respect for her. I admire her as a person. She is a mother of five and has dealt with a divorce and is where she is right now. It's not like she is just sitting home enjoying her child support and alimony. She is actually doing a lot with her life and I love that. I hope that this situation with Evelyn doesn't affect my relationship with Shaunie. Then again, I love Gloria. Gloria is my girl. So that is another dynamic for me, being in the middle [of Shaunie and Gloria].
What do you think about the fact that everyone is segregated this year into their own dressing rooms, when last reunion was basically everyone hanging out in the hair/makeup room?
It’s very segregated. I feel like I am in prison! But honestly, I wouldn't have wanted it to be any other way because I don't want to be around negativity. I love Royce, I love Ashley, but I just can't believe that there are women who are damn near in their 40’s who can be so catty and negative. It's shocking. I am the type of person who’d rather be alone, and take my own little trail, path and be cool. I don't need all those friends. I don't need to be out there on the blogs, tweeting every second. I am so busy, sometimes I can't even remember to feed myself, so for me, to be worrying about my leaked nude pictures, or whatever? Seriously? I am so focused on trying to be progressive and successful in my own life that all the other stuff. Whatever comes from the show it comes, but I want to do it in a positive way.
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 – Gloria Govan
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