‘Basketball Wives’ Star OG Talks Evelyn Lozada Using The N-Word & Calling Her Ugly
Just when we were starting to forget about the drama from season 8 of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” co-star Ogom “OG” Chijindu has spoken out about the controversy in her first interview since the season wrapped in October.
She kicked off the interview with radio personality Kendra G of Chicago’s WGCI and spoke on her history with Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Viewers saw him became a major storyline after Evelyn Lozada, who was married to him in 2012, call OG ugly. OG referenced her past with Chad Johnson and questioned how she could be ugly if Chad Johnson wanted her as well. OG even provided receipts after Evelyn Lozada speculated that OG was the one going after her ex.
In the interview, OG broke down how she and Johnson first connected in 2011. She said back then she had no reference on the show, and only knew Johnson as an NFL player, not his personal life or relationship and marriage with Lozada, whose name she refused to say.
She said while Johnson reached out to her on social media and offered to fly her out, she didn’t take him up on that at first. She added that she’s not for sure if this happened during his engagement to Lozada.
By the time she joined the show in season 7, she was aware of Lozada and Johnson. She said producers asked her if she wanted to speak about Johnson after seeing that the two tweeted one another in the past, but she refused.
She also said her appearance becoming a topic of conversation, and being called “ugly” online didn’t hurt her feelings. She said anyone calling her ugly has more to do with that person, than with her. She pointed out that her journey to self-love is an inward journey, not one for others to comment on.
As for whether she’s returning for the highly-anticipated 9th season, she said she couldn’t speak on it, but suggested that she might still be under contract. She also noted that Lozada tried to get a restraining order against her but was denied, which could spark more drama if OG is back on the show in the new season.
She went on to say the only way she and Lozada will be able to move forward is if Lozada comes forward publicly and apologizes, or they have a public conversation. She said that since their fallout occurred in front of the world, any discussions they have in the future should be in front of the world as well.
Interestingly enough, while executive producer and cast member Shaunie O’Neal sat down with reunion host Marc Lamont Hill after OG expressed her concerns about colorism, OG revealed that she hasn’t spoken to Shaunie O’Neal since they were on camera together for the reunion.
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OG went on to speak on Lozada’s claims that she is Afro-Latina after OG previously called her out for using the N-word several times in scenes for the show that had been cut. She said that Lozada never claimed to be Afro-Latina until she received backlash for using the controversial term.
Ultimately, she said she feels okay about discussing her experience because she has nothing to hide.
See the full interview below.
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