A Long Convo With... Shaunie O'Neal (Pg. 2)
Originally she wasn’t in my thought process to put on the show but she had reached out to me about a year and a half ago just on some personal stuff, just needing somebody to talk to. First of all, Royce is great TV—let me not even front—but she honestly just needed some support and guidance. Yes, she’s wild and crazy but to be totally honest Royce is like that 16-year-old sister that’s buck wild and will say and do anything and doesn’t know any better. Royce is an innocent kind of free spirit and people are judging her saying she’s a slut, she’s a hoe. From what I know she’s not out there wilding out with a bunch of men or trying to get a bunch of men. She’s a dancer, that’s what she does, that’s her profession. She studied dance—tap, ballet and everything else. She just happened to be a dancer for these teams and got caught up in that world but I think Royce is really a good girl. It’s just that after she did that booty dance it just went straight to hell but she’s really a sweetheart.
Yeah, she’s hot on the blogs right now.
I can’t stand blogs. There are some blogs that are cool but I don’t even look at blogs anymore because you just don’t know. You’re like, "Oh this is a good blog," and then it will turn on you so I don’t even look at them. I hate the things that they just randomly pull from wherever and that’s their story, and that so many people go to them like that’s the gospel truth and these people don’t know you or most of the time don’t even care to find out if it’s true or not. Once it’s up there they just believe it and it’s very hurtful. I’ve been lied on, on the blogs so many times and now I don’t event try to defend myself. I’m like whatever.
News about Shaq allegedly trying to stop production of your show has been hitting the Web hardcore. Can you help us make sense of what’s going on?
[Shaunie's publicist interrupts and says that Shaunie cannot speak on this because of legalities involved].
Word around the Web is that certain episodes won’t air if they mention anything about your relationship with Shaq. Will they get cut?
I can say tune in to Vh1 on Sundays to that one.
You’ve been spotted on dates recently. Will your new love life unfold on the show?
I’m dating [but] on the show I’m just narrating and giving my little two cents and opinion so that’s the extent of it. I’m not on the show as a full time cast member. I made a couple of guest appearances, which one of them was on the first episode so you will see me hosting every week but you won’t see me there interacting and in the mix of things.
Would you ever marry another NBA player or pro athlete?
That hasn’t even crossed my mind. People fall in love with who they fall in love with and not with their profession so I don’t want to say never, but I know damn well I’m trying to stay out of that whole genre of men [Laughs].
Do NBA wives expect infidelity?
It’s so funny, I was talking to one of my girlfriends that’s married to a retired NBA player and we were talking about Gloria and how she’s so naïve with the cheating thing and I was explaining to her—and my friend is older than me and has been in the game a lot longer—and she was like, “She doesn’t know? Come on everybody knows.” So I don’t know if they expect it or you just know and think that once they marry you and have a family that it goes away or just stops. I think that sometimes that’s the mentality. Don’t get me wrong, there are some guys where that does happen [but] very few. Back then I was just thinking, we’re getting married and that’s different. This is not dating. This is serious so he might have be wild then but not anymore. So I think we can be delusional.
What’s one of the wildest groupie stories you have heard or experienced?