Newest Basketball Wife Laura Govan Talks Shaq and Ex Gilbert Arenas
1 year ago
Claims Shaunie O'Neal spun Shaq's infidelity for the show
Laura Govan is no stranger to the media spotlight. She’s been making headlines for years thanks to her nine-year rocky relationship with Orlando Magic’s Gilbert Arenas. From celebrating their extravagant wedding proposal, to custody battles and of course being accused of cheating on her baller with a then-married Shaquille O’Neal, Govan has had to deal with all of that in silence.
Now, Govan is speaking out, candidly, on the newest spin-off of the Basketball Wives franchise. The cameras head to Los Angeles to follow Govan, her sister Gloria, who is engaged to Los Angeles Lakers' Matt Barnes and five other NBA-associated ladies.
Loop 21 caught up with Govan to find out the latest with her and Arenas’ relationship, including if she cares that he’s filed a motion to stop the show, and if she’s really the woman we think she is -- a homewrecker.
Loop 21: Why did you decide to join Basketball Wives LA?
Laura Govan: For me, it was clearing up exactly what was said about me previously on the first season of Basketball Wives Miami. And also...I wanted to be the voice of myself, not someone else.
You talked about clearing things up, and a lot has been said about your relationship with Gilbert Arenas and Shaunie O’Neal. What would you like to clear up about those situations?
For me, I’m not here to clear up sh-t. If I haven’t done anything, I have nothing to clear up. I want people to understand the dynamic of what I actually went through. I’ve never been in the media. It’s always been someone else has the upper hand on that. This was my time to set the record straight on my relationship with Gilbert, my relationship with the Shaunie/Shaquille stuff. It’s been three years. We still talking about that dumb sh-t? And he’s moved on and has 100-past relationships, plus he has a solid girlfriend now. Get your life together! Get the hell out of here!
Were you concerned about still being on the show after Gilbert filed a motion to stop the show?
Hell naw! I don’t think about nothing until something happens. Since he just filed the motion, that doesn’t mean that it’s happened. Do I think it’s still going to air? Of course I do. Do I think I’m still going to get to say what I want to say? Of course I will. He’s not going to stop that. I just think that at this time I’m just focusing on now--this is my life. So it’s my time; not his time. He had his time. He’s doing his time. You know what I mean?
Have you spoken to him since he filed those papers?