by Elzena Rankins
For New Pittsburgh Courier

Basketball wife Tami Roman sets the record straight on who she really is. Despite what people may think of the reality star by watching her character on VH1’s Basketball Wives, Tami claims that the real her, is open and honest and that she really does have a loving heart.


“Contrary to what one may believe, a lot of the things I do come from a good place, I have good intentions and I stand behind my friends and family. I’ll give the shirt off my back, I’m very candid and transparent; clearly you don’t get to see that on Basketball Wives because people like the Tami that’s arguing with everyone but that’s not indicative to who I am as a whole,” she said.

When asked how she feels about being known as the main drama on the show, Tami laughed and said, “I probably am.” Tami said that it’s because she is probably the one person on the show who is going to say exactly how she feels about a situation. “If I wasn’t on the show, I think you would just have a lot of people agreeing to disagree or tolerating each other. I do tend to say what’s on my mind, which people don’t like.”

Tami shared that she knows many people look at her as the bitch of the show. “That’s what people call me via Twitter and Facebook, saying you’re such a Bitch.” However, Tami said she figured she would use it as an acronym for her new book that she is working on called the “B.I.T.C.H Chronicles.” “I wanted to make it something that was really more relatable to me, said Tami on the title of her book. “So my writing partner and I turned it (B.I.T.C.H.) into, Believing In Total, Complete Honesty.”

With all the drama circling around the Basketball Wives series, Tami breaks it down and shares what it’s like to be on the show and to be a new girl entering the circle. When asked if she feels that being a new girl, you get hazed when entering the circle, Tami referred to herself; explaining that people had to get to know her but because she was very transparent. It did not take long for people to see who she was. “I think I skipped the hazing part because once they saw the type of person I was, they knew that really wasn’t going to work,” laughed Tami.

When asked if she talks or hangs out with any of the girls outside the show, Tami said that she talks to everyone via text. “I talk to Royce the most. I talk to Suzie and Evelyn, and Jen, we kind of just check in on each other. And of course everyone talks to Shaunie. As far as hanging out I’m not a hang out type of person. The most we hang out is when we film.”

Tami went on to explain that she is really more of a homebody and prefers to hang out with her family and boyfriend.

When asked if any of the girls can be trusted, Tami said, “It would be remising for me to state one thing over the other, only because the extent of our relationship is when we film. In terms of the show, I feel strongly that I can trust Shaunie, Royce and Jen. Evelyn, because we are up and down all the time, I can’t really speak on her because one moment we love each other and the next we hate each other. With Suzie, no one trusts her.”

When asked if she would leave any of the ladies around her man, Tami said, “My boyfriend is the type of dude that character, morals and your spiritual foundation is very important to him. So I think that I can leave every single person around him because he would not be attracted to any of them.”

(Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel.)

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