Basketball Wives: Tami Gives Details About New Season And Her Man
Rucuss staffDecember 23, 2011
Basketball Wives of Miami cast member Tami Roman is at the top of her game these days.
Roman launched her first weave line called “Curls By Roman.” She’s hosted a Basketball Wives of LA talk show. And now, she’s in the midst of taping her third season with Basketball Wives. The former Real World star sat down with Egypt Said So and gave a few details about the new season. She also talked about her former manager Jerry Silverhardt and her boyfriend.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
On what she thinks about her former manager Jerry Silverhardt lawsuit against her:
There is no merit to his claim and let me just tell you how much of a slander campaign this is against me. This has been going on for a year now. We’ve been with our attorneys and my attorney asked him to present something that says he’d entitled because we presented the papers terminating him. He didn’t rebut the termination. At that time if he wanted to say well you know you’re gonna owe me future money, we would have negotiated that or handled that at that point. You know I would have let that be known then, you’re not getting anything past this moment because you’re not involved and I only pay when services are rendered on my behalf. He never said anything, so once my lawyer got involved with him and said present some paperwork, let us see what you have that says you’re entitled to future wages but he was unable to. So his next mode of trying to bring some light to the situation a year later is him going to TMZ to try to slander my name and my character. But to answer your question he doesn’t even have two legs to stand on. This attack on me is baseless. It’s ridiculous. He even makes himself look even more inept by saying we had an oral agreement. That in and of itself, you shouldn’t even say. That makes you look like the joke that you really have been over the past 8 years.
On why she decided to join season 2 of ‘Basketball Wives:
With “Basketball Wives,” they approached me when they did their first season. They contacted [my manager] and you know I just wasn’t really ready to go on a show and talk about Kenny. You know I had moved so past that. In addition to, I really didn’t want to go back to the reality genre. So between the year that they had their first season and the second season which is when I actually came onto the show, my family fell on a hardship I actually introduced that on the show. You know my daughters and I had been on food stamps and we had been on medical assistance through the state of New Jersey. And so I was looking for something income wise. I was working a 9-5 job in corporate America. And when I watched the first season of Basketball Wives I felt like my story wasn’t on there. I’m sitting here like in the dark. My lights are out. You know that’s not my moment. I’m not champagne brunching and mani’s and pedi’s everyday and I felt that I had a valuable story to tell…to show my particular situation and what me and my daughter’s were going through so I contacted VH1.
On how she earned a living before Basketball Wives:
I’ve been working in the industry like I said for 12, 13 years. I literally book a TV show every year as a series regular. Now what people don’t understand about the industry is we do pilots. Then the pilots go through a testing phase and if they don’t test well they don’t get picked up and they never make it to air. But I’ve basically been supporting myself for these 12 years doing pilots.
On whether a fight really broke out between Jennifer and Evelyn at Shaunie O’Neal’s birthday party:
I can’t really give too much away but I can tell you this. This season is filled with a lot of twists and turns. Alliances that were there or that people have followed through the “Basketball Wives” journey that they thought were solid, some of those fall by the wayside, some of those alliances are re-established. You know everything is kinda all over the place and I have to tell you honestly the past two seasons that we’ve been on…we end the season and I feel that we’re all gonna at least be cool. That everybody can be amicable for the most part. This is the one time and we’re still taping that I really don’t know how this is gonna end. I don’t know whose gonna be friends, whose gonna hate each other, because it’s really all over the place.
On her relationship with film director/producer Jerry Lamothe [Tami and Jerry worked on the film ‘Tombs’ together]
So far so good. Knock on wood. We’ve just been hanging in there. We decided that we want to be in a committed relationship with each other and because we love each other. We’re raising three daughters between the two of us and that’s important for us to present a strong foundation and a strong family unit for them. So we don’t want to be the type of people who have significant others coming in and out of our kids lives and once we decided to be committed to each other, that’s what it’s been and going strong for about four years now. I’m so in love with him so I would have another baby but he doesn’t want to have anymore children. And marriage, you know we both have been there and done that and we have that ring, we have that wedding, we have that piece of paper and those things were the most tumultuous relationships that we have been in so now we’re just making a commitment to each other on another level-spiritually, emotionally and physically that we can just stand behind and stand solid on. We really don’t need the paper.
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