Basketball Wives Episode 1: “This Is My Reality”

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Tami wasn’t able to attend Ev’s wedding, so she wants to know details about everything: the wedding, the “condom conversation,” all of it.

“What I need is just a little more information about Chad and Evelyn. Why not share it with the group? You shared it with Iyanla, so you might as well tell me, I’m a little closer to you than Iyanla!”

So Evelyn breaks it down like so. “This is the thing. Dude, you mess around with f—ing birds. Let’s just keep it real. You mess around with birds that don’t have nothing to lose and are quick to put you on blast. So before a bird puts you on blast, I want you to tell me so that I know what the f— is up and I don’t get blindsided.”
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What Shaunie wants to know is how it turned violent, and Ev says there have been times when she’s seen Chad angrier, but maybe it’s that they were in a confined space in their car, or maybe it was that Ev told him she wouldn’t stick by him if he kept this stuff up. “I don’t really have closure with it,” she says. “I feel like I need to feel comfortable about it and I just don’t.”

Tami, surprisingly, says that she thinks people, and Chad, deserve second chances. “Sometimes people have to go through some s— to get TO some s—,” she tells Ev. She clarifies that she doesn’t believe in third and fourth chances, but that maybe Ev should “step out on faith” and hope things do work out with Chad. “Would you give your daughter that advice?” Shaunie asks. And to our surprise, Tami says yes. In fact, she thinks that it applies to any relationship, even Rihanna and Chris Brown. “Mistakes will be made,” Tami says, in every relationship. Suzie disagrees completely and thinks Ev could do a lot better (“She should never have to deal with a man doing that to her.”)
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“I felt like I was the only one at that table who felt like Tami’s advice was total bulls—,” Suzie says. Now that we’ve all heard it, it’s time for the masses to weigh in. Let us know what you think of the season premiere, Evelyn’s situation, and Tami’s advice in the comments, and tune in next week for more brand-new Basketball Wives.