The Reunion Interview: Basketball Wives Star Suzie Ketcham Says She’s No Bimbo, But She Would Be Tami’s Prison Wife If She Had To


I was on set at the taping of the Basketball Wives reunion special recently and was fortunate enough to chat with all the ladies on the show about what they thought of the dramatic third season: The fights, the fun moments, the drink throwing, everything. Here now is my first dispatch from the day, my interview with “motormouth” Suzie Ketcham, who is taller and more beautiful in person than I expected, and one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. I spoke to her the morning of the shoot, before the reunion taped, and she opened up about why you won’t see her throwing drinks in anyone’s face these days, and talked about how if she and Tami ever get thrown in prison, she’ll be Tami’s bitch.

Hey Suzie! So, do you have expectations for today, or is it just anything goes?

I always try to stay pretty cool and even because I hate drama. Maybe I’m doing the wrong thing by being on the show because it gives me such bad anxiety [laughs], but there’s definitely going to be drama and fighting because that’s just the way it is with these girls.

You find yourself at the center of a lot of it and I understand you don’t want to be dishonest, so you tell people everything—

—And people are like “Oh, she’s running her mouth.”

Right, but what do you consider yourself to be?

You know what’s funny, I don’t think I run my mouth any more than any of the other girls, I think it’s that I try to be cool with everybody and because of that, I’m put in these awkward situations. But if you look at my Twitter, I don’t run my mouth on Twitter, I don’t run my mouth on blogs, I mean, some of the girls blog all the time or Tweet all the time and that’s not me, that’s not who I am. But for me to try to stay in the middle and stay cool with both sides is like “Oh, she’s running her mouth.”

Do you think the comparison to Meeka is appropriate? People say you both talk too much, so what do you say to that comparison?

I think I would kill myself. All she does is talk s—. That is all she does. And I’m definitely not that person. I think people misconstrue it as running my mouth or whatever, but I’m just put in bad situations.

Do you wish that when you hadn’t told Tami and Evelyn the things Meeka said hadn’t in Rome?

No. Because if Tami were to find out what Meeka told me, when I’m closer to Tami, then it’s me being a shady friend. And my loyalties lie with Tami. Meeka came on this show being like this tough chick from Queens, and she’s going to come on here and take it over. I mean, she had so many opportunities to tell Tami “Well, you said this,” but why the hell wouldn’t she say it directly to her face? Why are you telling me? And that puts me in a bad situation because I do feel closer to Tami and care more about her. So here I know this information, do I just keep it inside and be a shady friend to Tami? So I talked to Evelyn and was like, look, I don’t feel comfortable, and then Tami walked in. So if that’s me running my mouth, then I’ll run my mouth all day long.

What’s funny is how you’re in the middle of so much drama but you can also provide moments of comic relief —

I don’t watch it, so I don’t really know. I have really bad anxiety, sometimes I have to take anti-anxiety pills because it’s too much to watch myself.

But what about how you wanted to do broadcast journalism? You’d have to watch yourself there.

That’s different, I think just with all the drama and the fighting I’m like, I’m just not a dramatic, aggressive person and it really makes me feel anxiety inside.

What I was going to say before is the moment that was really funny to me was when Tami was laying it all out to Meeka in Rome saying that she heard Meeka was like “People are comparing us, but we don’t have the same clothes or the same hair,” and your reaction was “I don’t wear a weave.”

They showed me saying that?? See, the thing is, that’s the honest truth! People are always like, oh, you seem like a bimbo or an airhead and for me it’s just that I don’t like to focus all the time. I can tune in and tune out very easily. If it’s getting too stressful, I’m like [snaps fingers] I can’t deal. Tune out. I just turn my brain off. Or I’ll say something that doesn’t relate to the conversation because I haven’t listened.

You didn’t really have a major storyline this season as far as having your own drama or tension with anyone—

Thank God!

But do you wish there was anything that was focused on more in your personal life or anything this year?

I’m happy to keep things the way they are and not have beef with anyone, because the second season was all about me and Evelyn fighting and I hated that. I honestly, truly cared about her and I still do, so for me having the third season off of me was great, it was like thank God.

What about showing your romantic life on-screen?

I mean, I’m dating but there’s nothing that major that I want to bring it out. And then I’m worried that if I do bring it out, it’s like, there you go making that person more well-known, and more girls are going to be like “Ahh! It’s him! It’s the guy from Basketball Wives!” and he’s like “Oh, s—!” If ever there was someone who means a lot to me, I’d keep him off the show. I’d be worried that if I do value it, it would get ruined. I don’t even want the guys I date to talk about it or be involved in that part, because for me it’s just kind of like a job, and it’s come to the point where we go out people are like “Suzie! Oh my God!” and I don’t want anyone to be like “Oh, she’s quasi-famous,” or whatever and like me for that. I want people to like me for me.

Do you worry that if kids are watching the show and they see you guys behaving badly toward each other you’ll become a bad influence?

That’s a big thing for me, because in season one I threw a drink. And then I threw a bucket. And there were kids at my daughter’s school who were like “I saw you on the show! Why did you throw water on that girl?” And I was like “Oh. My. God. Little kids are watching,” and that’s not who I am and I hated being portrayed like “Oh, that’s the water girl!” and I was like no, it’s not, I’ve never done that in my life. So I did want to show more of me and who I am. I don’t like fighting, I like to have fun. Life is so short. For me it took my dad battling cancer, dying and really trying to enjoy every minute of his life so happy and stress-free up until the end for me to be like, wow, I need to enjoy every single day and not let stupid drama overtake me.

Do you think this season was more dramatic than the others?

Yes! The crazy thing is that it just all happened, nothing was really set up, the whole Eric and Jen thing and Meeka and Tami, like, here comes this girl Meeka and she’s just talking s— and at polo she was just like “Ahhhh!” and it was insane.

What did you think about that, at first you were really trying to be her friend but then she gets aggressive at the polo match and goes off.

For me, even when I first met her she was kinda like “I’m the s—,” and she was coming into our world and I think that’s why she was pigeonholed, because word got out that here she’s on the show and is going to take it over, but I mean, Tami is a force to be reckoned with. Tami will kill you with her pinkie if she needs to. I even told her, if we’re ever thrown in jail, I’m going to be Tami’s bitch. Tami’s my wife. I don’t want to be that fighter. I did it in season one and everyone was like “Oh my God, she’s this and that,” and I was like, that’s not really me, I did it to make a good show. So I threw a drink in her face. Why not?

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  1. sandy says:

    Suzie YOU ARE AN IDIOT who is afraid of TAMI-

  2. Yolanda says:

    The overwhelming disdain for this female is clear. No one cares for her. Her plan for ganging up on Meeka and Royce with those other foolish females within the Circle of Foolishness backfired for her overall public reputation. It is really rather sad and quite disgusting.

  3. kate says:

    used to like suzie on first season but now i wouldnt really mind if she doesnt return

  4. Connie says:

    Suzie, you need to let people tell their own autobiography. You are the cause of all of that drama on the show. Your mouth. Sooner or later someone is going to blow your mouth out by you talking so much and telling somebody what somebody else said. If someone is talking about your girl, you can either don’t comment or set them straight. That’s it!!!!
    P.S. When did you get so hard? Is it because you think you have allies now?

  5. Icia says:

    Suzie is so weak minded. Suzie hangs with the right ladies…any other group of women would have been bashed her head in

  6. Icia says:

    Also, Suzie killed me trying to jump hard with Meeka. Suzie knows she wouldn’t want to go head to head with any ladies on the stage

  7. delredd says:

    suzi, ur so freakin’ stupid please stay the hell off t.v. attend 2 ur kids b a mom 4 godness grief.

  8. tina says:

    Suzie, you do talk to much. They should boot you from the show.

  9. GirlStop says:

    Suzie has no business on the show if she has no life …period I thought this started off about women who once were married to basketball players and their stories. How did Suzie get pass the relationship she was in with a player? We haven’t heard that…..maybe she can tell us…. Is She still only dating athletes (like Evelyn)? there needs to be some association to the title of this show to these women. Not just Shaunie hookin up her girls! lol Cut it out!
    She could have the show follow her at work or out with her real friends….sorry, I’m not interested in watching her get treated like a rag doll! She should just leave the show! and the fact that they are all scared of Tami and of being hit on camera needs to stop. Bullying should not be encourged in anyway by VH1 or anybody else!

  10. Really Girl? says:

    Suzie, other than a big mouth trouble maker, you’re a big fat joke!

  11. Basketball Wive Fan says:

    Suzie, I don’t think you have good intentions and I think what you do is WRONG!!! You are really a trouble maker and I think you like it….but what is sad is that you really are not anyone’s friend…Royce should watch out…but Royce holds her on so it’s all good…
    I just hope that you aren’t like what is shown on television in real life…

  12. Tiffany says:


  13. Madison Stone says:

    She is not a friend to Royce, and if Royce think that she is the whole show is scripted. It does not take anyone anytime to do away with Suzie if they were Royce. She constantly backstabs Royce and if Royce needs to hang on to Suzie to stay relevant on this show then she just as thirsty as the rest of the other ladies.

  14. T in Texas says:

    Suzi ,
    You are just plain ole D-U-M-B ! Don’t know when you keep your mouth shut ! And then go and try to play the “stupid game” Like I didn’t know I shouldn’t have said that . DUH ! Ugh ! Dumb ~

  15. Marie says:

    You really tried to be hard at the reunion. You try to act innocent but you have a dark soul. You are a grown woman who knows right from wrong and you instigate every chance you get. You have diarrhea of the mouth and will get yours in the end because those ladies only want you around so you can be their snitch and/or flunky. Evelyn called you out in regards to you running and telling them Royce was not coming back for season 4. You are the ultimate backstabber and those women are going to kick your butt to the curb sooner or later. I hope Royce has nothing to do with you when you go crawling back. By the way, you look like a horse that has a lisp. Now run and tell somebody that.

  16. susiethebigmouth says:

    Suzie, why Suzie. Why, are you such a BIG MOUTH. Like we said in kindergarten: “You are just like a old refrigerator. Can’t keep NOTHING! Lol………..
    Meeka, should sue you for your BIG MOUTH.

  17. ann says:

    Suzie… The lisping backstabing snake.This piece of work had the nerve when she was meeting Meeka when they were back in Miami and to give Meeka a kiss like nothing happened. Meeka told her off.

  18. chali j says:

    Suzie has to hate herself. First of all she’s not anyones’ wife. She’s the most sicking coward I’ve ever seen; sucking up to low-class Evelyn,Shaunie, Jennifer and poor trash Tami.

  19. jj says:

    Suzie, you are nothing but an instigator. You are the one that cause all the problems in the group because you run back and tell everything. Instead of Meeka and Tami getting angry at one another, they need to be angry with you. Stop being a instigator and try to be a lady with class.