Basketball Wives Episode 1: “This Is My Reality”

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Iyanla
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Evelyn Lozada lost two of her best friends within two days during the summer of 2012. Her marriage to Chad Ochocinco imploded when she confronted him about his infidelity, a confrontation which ended in a physical altercation. And right after that, her brother in law, Anthony, died from a long battle with cancer.
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In a truly heartbreaking moment on the premiere episode of Basketball Wives, she explains that Anthony, who walked her down the aisle at her wedding to Chad, had a conversation with Chad on their wedding day, telling him to take care of Evelyn. “After everything happened,” she says, “I’m like, wow, he did the total opposite.”

Nearly a month after the incident occurred, Evelyn decided it was time to take the situation into her own hands and speak to the media. Call it damage control or just the desire to contain the situation, but it’s not something she wanted to relive so early on and she dreads these interviews. “There was this perception about Evelyn, all she does is argue and fight,” she explains, but because of that reputation, people started blaming her for what had happened, which is not something any victim of domestic abuse should endure. To add the the snowball effect of one awful thing after another, Chad has remained silent throughout, and the only time he did speak about the situation, he made comments that Evelyn says “made me look worse than I already had.”
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“Have a voice,” Evelyn’s mom tells her as she’s about to do the interview. “Be strong, speak up.” Her mom’s encouragement and strength bring tears to her eyes and make her realize how important these interviews are. “I just want to put my side of the story out there and move on.”