Sunday night’s Basketball Wives L.A. season finale ended with quite a bang and seemingly left the future of cast member Brandi Maxiell’s presence on the show in limbo after she was involved in a heated, on-camera confrontation with executive producer Shaunie O’Neal…..but should Brandi really be on the chopping block?
In case you haven’t tuned in to this season of the show, Shaunie has been a consistent cast member on the L.A. stint this time around, appearing in most of the episodes and even bringing on her fellow Basketball Wives Miami/New York cast member Tami Roman mid-way through the season. For the duration of their time in L.A., both Shaunie and Tami found the California girls to be overly catty, immature and childish in their approach (or lack thereof) to resolving issues among the group. Shaunie was vocal about her annoyance with the how the group operates on several occasions throughout the course of the season, both with them present and in separate conversations with Tami.
To Shaunie’s point, anyone who tuned in to the show this season will likely agree with Shaunie and Tami’s observations in some capacity, as the L.A. cast did spend much of their time rehashing supposedly resolved issues and taking things to heart that could have been easily settled had one or all parties involved learned to choose their battles better. However, one aspect of Shaunie’s criticism that was ironically inaccurate was her constant comparison of the L.A. cast to that of the Miami cast, where she often attempted to paint the Miami cast as being more mature and less petty.
Come again, Shaunie?
The Miami bunch may have turned over new leaves during the final few episodes of their last season, but anyone who tuned in to any of the five Basketball Wives Miami seasons can agree that the notion that they conducted themselves with “maturity” or were “level-headed” in their approach to solving problems couldn’t be further from the truth. (Who can forget the endless amount of catty drama between Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie, Gloria, Shaunie and Laura?) But, we digress.
All of the L.A. ladies became irritated with Shaunie’s criticisms of their group at some point during the season, but cast member Brandi Maxiell was easily the most bothered and decided to confront Shaunie with her frustrations during a sit down dinner on the beach as their Puerto Rico vacation came to a close on the season finale. In short, Brandi expressed to Shaunie that she found her constant “belittling” of their group to be disrespectful and even went as far as to ask Shaunie why she continued to come around them if she found them to be so intolerable.
And that’s where the fight started.
In response to Brandi’s question, Shaunie calmly reminded Brandi that this was “her group” and that she was the reason Brandi was “brought into the group” [read: allowed to join the show as a cast member] in the first place. Failing to heed Shaunie’s unbothered yet still cautionary tone, Brandi continued on and ended up telling Shaunie that she “acts like a bitch,” as the rest of the group looked on in shock. Their argument continued to escalate, with Brandi calling Shaunie a bitch yet again before implying that she’s only relevant because of her last name and executive producer title. Shaunie responded in kind, suggesting that Brandi “check her muthafuckin references” and making it clear that she worked hard to make the franchise a success on her own and never once pulled the “EP” card among the girls or relied on her affiliation to Shaq to further her career. The out-of-control conversation ended with Shaunie dismissing Brandi from the group with a simple “thank you for your services,” as Brandi made her exit from the dinner.
You can check out the explosive argument between Shaunie and Brandi in the clip below.
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The Brandi vs Shaunie face off was met with mixed reactions from viewers, with some feeling that Brandi was completely out of line given Shaunie’s position as the shows’ executive producer and others believing that Brandi should be able to speak honestly about her experiences without consequence regardless of Shaunie’s title.
On one hand, given the way that the franchise has operated up to this point, Brandi should be certainly be able to speak up if she feels disrespected by any of her cast members. However, Brandi should have also been more mindful than to call Shaunie out of her name and not expect to be threatened with losing her spot on the show.
On the other hand, Shaunie made the decision to be a cast member as well as an executive producer, so it was only a matter of time before she ended up being subjected to the same nasty name-calling and insults as the other girls.
So, what are your thoughts on all of this Clutchettes? Should Brandi be in jeopardy of losing her job for cursing out her boss? Or is Shaunie fair game as a cast member?
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