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In the wake of the 34-year-old athlete-turned-reality TV star’s arrest in Florida this weekend on charges he headbutted his wife Evelyn Lozada during a fight — reportedly over a receipt for condoms she found in the trunk of their car – VH1 is yanking his series off the air.
“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it,” the network confirmed in a statement to the Daily News.
Evelyn Lozada has also made her intentions known to police that she plans to file charges against husband Chad Johnson for allegedly head-butting her during the altercation which led to his arrest.
Johnson was released from the Miami Dolphins yesterday in response to his arrest and other team-related behavior.
According to the police report, Lozada found a receipt for a box of condoms from a local Walgreens in the trunk of Johnson’s car which precipitated the confrontation.
There is no arguing whether domestic violence is either funny or fodder for Reality TV. There is no question as to its serious nature. There is a question as to whether Lozada will somehow attempt to profit off of these circumstances.
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Listen to the extended conversation HERE.
End Credit Music: Always Sisters, Always Friends by CeCe Winans
I guess you could say Mo’Kelly has known Imani Showalter to a certain degree since 2005. It was after a piece on EURWEB.com regarding NBA forward Stephen Jackson, Mo’Kelly was DELUGED with mail.
Some notes were nice, some sho’ nuff weren’t.
In fact, some were from Stephen Jackson’s own mother and to this day her note resides in Mo’Kelly’s Hall of Fame. It is still true. If you can get somebody’s MAMA to email you, you KNOW you touched a nerve. Mo’Kelly waited a whole year to share it with the world in a followup piece, needing Jackson to again do something worthy of ridicule. But it was well worth the wait.
Someone else connected to Jackson also reached out after the first editorial…Imani Showalter.
Yes, that would be the very same Imani Showalter featured on the immensely popular VH-1 program, Basketball Wives: LA.
Mind you, this was 2005, long before anyone thought the idea of Reality TV and the NBA would ever intersect. Imani and I continued to quietly dialogue and exchange stories about the entertainment industry, the NBA and the unsettling nature of both.
To this day, there are stories Imani shared over the years that are truly unbelievable and not appropriate for print, or Reality TV.
And that’s the thing…we’ve all long known that the reality quotient of “Reality TV” is questionable at best. How much is “real,” how much prodding goes on from producers and what tricks take place in the edit bay which inform or maybe misinform our perception of Reality TV, Basketball Wives or otherwise?
Over the past couple of months, Imani and I have been trying to schedule a time to sit down and have a real, meaningful and honest conversation about influence, impact and even arguably the inappropriate nature of Reality TV generally and Basketball Wives: LA more specifically.
Showalter is a mother. It will be interesting to see what regrets (if any) she may have over the many years and the path which has led to this moment.
I say all that to say…this is a real conversation, not a program paid promotion. Imani reads Mo’Kelly as often as any of you, she KNOWS what Mo’Kelly is about, how Mo’Kelly feels about Reality TV and she is all about entering into a meaningful dialogue.
Today Mo’Kelly presents an extended audio conversation between Mo’Kelly and Basketball Wives: L.A. cast member, Imani Showalter.
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