Just days after rumors hit the net that an eccentric “Basketball Wives L.A.” cast member would be axed from the Shaunie O’Neal show, the newest addition to the program is being revealed. As previously reported, Jackie Christie, the ostracized wife of retired NBAer Doug Christie, was rumored to be out of the Shaunie O’Neal program that is currently taping in California. In particular, “Basketball Wives” producers were said to be pulling the plug on Christie, for the sake of Laura and Glori Govan, who reportedly “can’t stand Jackie Christie’s loony a–.”
Unfortunately for viewers ecstatic at the thought of a Christie-less “Wives” program, Jackie Christie appears to be on board, for now at least. On Saturday, Christie and the cast; Draya Michelle, Laura Govan, Gloria Govan and Malaysia Pargo attended a pool party for their newest cast mate; Brooke Bailey. Brooke Bailey first came to fame on the E! reality show “Candy Girls” detailing the lives of popular video vixens. Since then, she was rumored to be dating Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic, a move that sparked chatter on the Web. Why? Lewis was said to be expecting a baby with his then-girlfriend Giovanni Fortes. Lewis and Fortes are now married and have two children.
This weekend’s gathering was said to be a birthday celebration for Bailey who tweeted to her over 16,000 Twitter followers, “I promise not to kill your timelines with my birthday tweets. I appreciate ALL of you for the Birthday Wishes. I can’t say thank you enough!!!” She later posted pictures of herself posing with her fellow “wives.” VH1 cameras were also on the scene.
Noticeably missing from the gathering, however, was Imani Showalter, who was shown on the first season of the program working on fitness goals and recovering from her breakup with her ex-fiance, Stephen Jackson of the San Antonio Spurs. She has since been rumored to be dating gospel singer Marvin Sapp.
Check out more pictures of Brooke Bailey below. How do you think she’ll fit in with the “Basketball Wives LA” cast? -danielle canada