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BASKETBALL Wives fans have been closely following a legal dispute between original cast member Evelyn Lozada and new face Ogom “OG” Chijindu.
The VH1 show took a year hiatus due to the pandemic but is now set to return to screens for season nine.
Ogom “OG” Chijindu attends WE tv Celebrates the 100th Episode of the “Marriage Boot Camp”Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Why do fans think Evelyn Lozada bullied OG?
OG has been embroiled in an ongoing tension with Evelyn Lozada since eason 8 of Basketball Wives, and as a result, fans accused Evelyn of bullying.
OG is close friends with one of Evelyn’s purported “nemeses” CeCe Guiterrez. Evelyn and CeCe are regularly seen arguing.
Evelyn Lozada arrives at the Essence 9th Annual Black Women event in HollywoodCredit: Getty Images – Getty
On the show, Evelyn has called OG “aggressive” several times, which OG and viewers pointed out as a term that is micro-aggressively used to describe darker-skinned black women.
Viewers were also outraged after Evelyn made comments about OG’s appearance on social media, allegedly referring to her as “ugly” and using a monkey emoji to describe her on Instagram.
Ogom “OG” Chijindu attends “Basketball Wives” viewing partyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“AND THERE iT iS.. SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS YOU RACiST BiGOT.. YOU CALLED CECE “LiNG LiNG” JACKiE A “COCKROACH” & NOW ME A “MONKEY” MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU WELL WELL..EVELYN LOZADA..” OG responded to Evelyn’s use of a monkey emoji.
Executive producer Shaunie O’Neal was prompted to address the claims of bullying and colorism on the final episode of Basketball Wives season 8.
Evelyn did not openly apologize for her comments, and fans started a petition to have her fired from the show, according to Cheatsheet.
What is Evelyn Lozada’s lawsuit against OG?
In October 2019, Evelyn filed a lawsuit against OG for defamation. The reality star claimed she lost endorsements over OG’s accusations and that she suffered emotional distress.
Evelyn Lozada, Feby Torres and Malaysia Pargo attend the Jennifer Williams Sip & Shop at Beverly MuseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
In court documents, she said that “her 2 children are African and Hispanic descent,” and that she is a chairperson of a foundation that raises money for abused women.
She said she had raised thousands for the Sauti Yeti Center for African Women – which in turn were “actions of a person that is not racist.”
What did OG say about Evelyn’s lawsuit?
In response to Evelyn’s lawsuit, OG filed a counter suit, citing that Evelyn was an attention seeker with a history of being physically and emotionally abusive towards others.
OG claimed that she suffered extreme chest pain upon learning of Evelyn’s initial suit, causing her to be hospitalized.
Evelyn Lozada attends HollyRod Foundation’s 17th Annual DesignCare GalaCredit: Getty Images
Fans were quick to jump to OG’s defense upon Evelyn’s initial Instagram post.
One fan wrote: “This is honestly disgusting! @EvelynLozada was totally out of pocket for that.”
Another chimed in with: “She was and she does stuff unacceptable all the time and she’s never reprimanded for anything she does.”
When does Basketball Wives season 9 return?
Both Evelyn and OG will remain on the bill for Basketball Wives season nine, which returns to VH1 on February 9, 2021.
A mix of new, fresh faces are set to join the original line up.